Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Although this is a deviation from my planned blogs on the council and those about national affairs; it is more about the failure of the UN to fulfill its chartered functions. Perhaps for a change Trump is right and we should deescalate our funding to the UN. Too often in its various agencies** as well as the Security Council and the main Assembly it has been a vehicle of anti-American propaganda used by Russia =, China and Arabic supporting nations
This year May 2 is the 69th anniversary of Israel’s Independence as a nation. The date varies since Israel adheres to the biblical lunar calendar.

“Israel’s Independence Day is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Iyar, which is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the “provisional government” read and signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv. The original date corresponded to May 14, 1948. In 2017, it begins at sundown on May 1.”

However this am UNESCO a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.(Wikipedia)

Once again showed its anti-Israel political bend and its catering to its Arabic/Muslim nation membership in  passing a resolution called “Occupied Palestine”  by a vote of 22-10, with 26 countries abstaining or absent, on Tuesday. The United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands all voted no, and that India abstained.

The resolution calls on Israel to rescind any “legislative and administrative measures and actions” it has taken to “alter the character and status” of Jerusalem. It rejects the idea of a “basic law” in Jerusalem, based off of a 1980 Knesset law, which implies that the city is one unified whole and governed solely by Israel.

Submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, the resolution also sharply criticizes Israel’s construction in eastern Jerusalem’s Old City and “deplores” the Jewish state’s “continuous” closure of the Gaza strip.

The vote was taken on Israel’s Independence Day and follows a highly controversial UNESCO resolution passed last October that ignored Jewish ties to the Western Wall and Temple Mount sites.

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