One Step Closer
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