One Step Closer

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

The Pales­tinian bid at the UN to gain state­hood seems to have got­ten one step closer af­ter UNESCO granted Pales­tine full mem­ber­ship de­spite strong US and Is­raeli op­po­si­tion. The vote came amidst a strong ma­jor­ity of which 107 were in fa­vor, 14 voted against and 52 ab­stained. The Arabs were in­stru­men­tal in gen­er­at­ing the ma­jor­ity of the votes. China, Rus­sia, In- dia, Brazil, South Africa and France all voted in fa­vor with the U.S., Canada and Ger­many vot­ing against it and the U.K abstaining. A very timely story pub­lished in your is­sue last month that suc­cinctly summed up the Pales­tinian bid of state­hood and its con­se­quences and ben­e­fits for the Pales­tinian peo­ple. It is up­set­ting that the US has al­ready can­celled its fund­ing of $60m to UNESCO as a re­ac­tion to the re­cent de­ci­sion, thus po­ten­tially par­a­lyz­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that the US is threat­en­ing to use its veto on an is­sue so im­por­tant to Pales­tine and now the world at large. One hopes that this de­ci­sion is only the first of many more to emerge in fa­vor of the Pales­tini­ans and the wheels of change can start turn­ing soon.

Noor al-ja­bal Am­man, Jor­dan

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