On October 29, Christy1947 posted a diary explaining Israel's, and by extension our, displeasure with the Palestinians for their application to join UNESCO. Now they've been accepted and, according to an article at Huffington Post, the United States almost immediately cut off the annual funding we provide. We should be ashamed. Jump across the squiggle for some details
The law is an ass.
Soon after the vote, the United States cut funding to the organization because of a U.S. law that bars funding an organization that has Palestine as a member before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached.
That decision will have an immediate effect: The United States won't make a $60 million payment scheduled for November, according to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
UNESCO depends heavily on U.S. funding – Washington provides 22 percent of its budget or about $80 million a year – but has survived without it in the past: The United States pulled out of UNESCO under President Ronald Reagan, rejoining two decades later under President George W. Bush.
Using the UN to bully the Palestinians should stop immediately.