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October 31, 2011 9:30 am

UNESCO Approves Full Membership for Palestinian Arabs

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NY Times – PARIS — Unesco defied Washington’s threat of an American funding cutoff on Monday and approved a Palestinian bid for full membership by a vote of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions.

Legislation dating back more than 15 years mandates a complete cutoff of American financing to any United Nations agency that accepts the Palestinians as a full member. Unesco — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — depends on the United States for 22 percent of its budget, about $70 million a year.

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