Blurb:UNESCO, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted today 107 to 14 (with 52 abstentions) to admit Palestine, formally recognizing it as a nation.
The United States, Israel, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany were among those voting no. The United States also cut funding for UNESCO, upholding policies already set in place by the State Department. This will translate into $60 million not being paid to UNESCO this month by the U.S. A total of $80 million is given to UNESCO each year accounting for 22% of its budget.
The two laws that enact the cutoff are from 1990 and 1994. The first prohibits recognition of the Palestinian authority by the U.N. and the second prohibits the U.N. recognizing any state that isn't internationally recognized as a state already.