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Palestinian Flag Raised over UNESCO HQ

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said he would continue to push for full United Nations membership after savoring one symbolic victory for his statehood bid, watching his flag fly over the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In a moment fraught with symbolism, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stood under a pelting rain watching as […]

Arab League Considers Syria Sanctions

Arab League diplomats are meeting in Egypt on Saturday to consider sanctions against Syria, after Damascus missed a deadline to agree on allowing international monitors to enter the country. The Syrian government and diplomats say the 22-member league is considering penalties that include halting Arab flights into Syria and a freeze on trade and banking […]

Jordan’s King Abdullah Calls for Assad’s Resignation

Jordan’s King Abdullah has called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, the first Arab leader to do so since the Syrian government started its deadly crackdown on an eight-month-long uprising. King Abdullah said in an interview with the BBC Monday that he would step down if he were in Assad’s position and create […]

Opposition, Rights Group Urge Arab League to Suspend Syria

Syrian opposition activists say they will use protests planned for Friday to call for a suspension of the country’s Arab League membership. The move comes as the 22-member League prepares for an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the apparent breakdown of an agreement with Damascus to end the government’s brutal crackdown on […]

Israeli Settlement Expansion Raises West Bank Tensions

After the United Nations’ cultural organization UNESCO voted to grant membership to the Palestinians, Israel announced it would accelerate construction of Jewish settlements on the outskirts of Jerusalem.  The move drew international outrage. One of them is Givat Hamatos, a settlement that was already in the scheduling phase. It lies on a hill between Jerusalem […]

UN Reports Security Council Divided on Palestinians

A draft report from the U.N. Security Council says members cannot reach a decision on whether to admit the Palestinian territories as a member state. The report by the Security Council membership committee was leaked to news outlets Tuesday. The Palestinians needed at least nine votes in the 15-member Security Council for their membership application […]

US cuts off UNESCO funding after vote to admit Palestine

October 31, 2011 by legitgov ShareThis US cuts off UNESCO funding after vote to admit Palestine 31 Oct 2011 The United States said on Monday it had stopped funding UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, following its vote to grant Palestine full membership. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States had no […]

UNESCO Grants Palestinians Full Membership

The Israeli government said Monday’s vote by the United Nations cultural agency to accept the Palestinians’ bid as a full member would harm efforts to revive Arab-Israeli peace talks. A foreign ministry statement called UNESCO‘s action in Paris a “unilateral Palestinian maneuver” that further removed the possibility for a peace agreement. Palestinian leaders welcomed the […]

US Cuts Funds to UNESCO After Palestinian Vote

The United States on Monday cut off funding to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, after the body voted to accept a bid for full membership by the Palestinians.   State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the vote “regrettable” and “premature,” saying it undermines the “shared goal of a comprehensive, just and […]

UNESCO to Vote on Palestinian Membership

Palestinians expect to win full membership at the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO as early as Monday, in a vote that would boost their bid for international recognition as an independent state. Paris-based UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the Palestinians have sought to join since President Mahmoud Abbas applied last month for full recognition […]