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UNESCO rescinds US and Israel’s voting rights

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

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A view of the main hall during the opening of the UNESCO “Forum of leaders”, on November 6, 2013, in Paris. (Photo: AFP – Jacques Demarthon)



Al Akhbar English | Friday, November 8, 2013


Updated at 5:00pm: UNESCO has suspended the voting rights of Israel and the United States, two years after they stopped paying dues to the UN’s cultural arm in protest over its granting full membership to the Palestinians, a UNESCO source told Reuters.

Both countries decided to cancel their funding in October 2011. The American decision was blamed on US laws that prohibit funding to any UN agency that implies recognition of Palestinian demands for their own state.

The US missed a Friday deadline to provide an official justification of its non-payment and a plan to pay back its missed dues, the UNESCO source said, automatically triggering the suspension of voting rights.

Neither the United States nor…

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