Monday, October 31, 2011

My letter to the Washington Post 10-31-2011 RE: UNESCO votes to admit Palestine; U.S. cuts off funding

RE: UNESCO votes to admit Palestine; U.S. cuts off funding

Dear Editor,

It is a huge shame and a tragedy that America's Congress and our State Department has conspired to cut funds from UNESCO because of Palestine's efforts to become a member state. Rep. Ileana Ros's declaration that “Today’s reckless action by UNESCO is anti-Israel and anti-peace,” and her fully supporting a cut off of funds is rampantly anti-America and anti-peace.

US law and foreign policy should not be crafted to further oppress and persecute harshly oppressed and persecuted people. America should not be endorsing and/or ignoring Israel's rampant institutionalized bigotry and the continued harassment and displacement of the native non-Jewish population of the Holy Land.

A negotiated end to the Israel/Palestine conflict requires [building] a sovereign Palestinian state. Undermining and sabotaging and demonizing Palestinian efforts to join the international community of nations is cruel punishment to a people already enduring Israel's belligerent violations of international law and the Palestinians basic human rights.

Anne Selden Annab
American homemaker & poet
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