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Israel Freezes UNESCO Funding After Palestinian Membership Vote

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his government to freeze the country’s $2 million annual funding of UNESCO after the organization recognized the Palestinian Authority’s political status and granted it full membership. Thursday’s decision came two days after the Israeli Cabinet announced it would expedite construction of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the […]

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Israel OKs New Jewish Settlements in Palestinian Territory

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel’s prime minister has ordered the building of 2,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, one day after UNESCO recognized the Palestinian Authority’s political status and granted it full membership. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday said the accelerated construction includes settlements he believes would remain in Israel following any future peace […]

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Palestinians Preparing Membership Bids for More UN Agencies

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Palestinian officials say they are preparing to apply for membership to 16 other United Nations organizations following their admission to the U.N. cultural agency on Monday. Members of the Palestinian U.N. delegation in Geneva said Tuesday UNESCO’s vote approving the Palestinians’ membership has “opened the door” to similar bids at other U.N. agencies based in […]

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Israel Considers Response to UNESCO Vote

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with top advisers Tuesday to weigh a possible response to the U.N. cultural agency’s decision to grant Palestinians full membership. Officials said the discussion will include possible punitive measures against the Palestinians, who hailed the UNESCO vote as a historic moment. UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the […]

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UNESCO Accepts Palestinians, Loses US Funding

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. cultural agency granted Palestinians full membership Monday, in a move that cost the organization nearly a quarter of its funding and drew criticism from U.S. and Israeli officials saying the vote will hurt Middle East peace chances. The U.S. State Department said Washington will not make a $60 million November payment to UNESCO […]

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US Cuts Off UNESCO Funding After Palestinian Vote

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is cutting off financial contributions to the United Nations cultural agency following its vote Monday to grant Palestinians full membership. The State Department said Washington will not make a $60-million November payment to UNESCO because of a longstanding U.S. law that prohibits American support for any U.N.-affiliated body that accepts […]

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Palestinians Granted Full UNESCO Membership

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations cultural agency has accepted the Palestinian bid for full membership, a move that could threaten U.S. funding for the international organization. Monday’s action by the Paris-based UNESCO boosts the Palestinian effort for international recognition as an independent state. Applause broke out after delegates approved membership by a vote of 107 to 14, […]

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Palestinians Granted Full UNESCO Membership

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations cultural agency has accepted the Palestinian bid for full membership, a move that could threaten U.S. funding for the international organization. Monday’s action by the Paris-based UNESCO boosts the Palestinian effort for international recognition as an independent state. Applause broke out after delegates approved membership by a vote of 107 to 14, […]

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Palestine Granted Full UNESCO Membership in Divisive Vote

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations cultural agency has admitted Palestine as a full member. Monday’s vote by the Paris-based UNESCO is boosts the Palestinian bid for international recognition as an independent state. UNESCO is the first U.N. agency the Palestinians have sought to join since President Mahmoud Abbas applied last month for full recognition of Palestinian statehood […]

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UNESCO Vote on Palestinian Membership Could Boost UN Bid

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinians expect to win full membership at the U.N. 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 of […]

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