UNESCO and the Palestinian Authority: Will the Administration Circumvent or Uphold the Law?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s 36th General Conference is convening from October 25 to November 10 in Paris, where it is scheduled to take up the Palestinian bid for membership.  Should it pass, the U.S., which contributes $80 million (22%) of UNESCO's budget, would be mandated by U.S. law to cut off funding. Although UNESCO has no power to confer statehood, Palestinian admittance to this U.N. body will be a launching pad to attack all Jewish and Christian historical claims to the land of Israel.  UNESCO has already been complicit in Palestinian historical revisionism when it voted that two of Judaism's holiest sites, the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb, are not Israel's heritage sites, but mosques.  Palestinians will most likely leverage their UNESCO membership to claim the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Western Wall of the Temple as wholly Palestinian heritage sites.  The...(Read Full Post)