US vote against Palestinian bid ‘racist’

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PressTV Thu Nov 3, 2011 2:56AM GMT

Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki (L) and PA ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar attend a news conference during the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris, October 31, 2011.
The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has congratulated the Palestinians on winning full membership of UNESCO while criticizing the US vote against the move as a racist act.

“Hezbollah congratulates the Palestinian people on gaining full UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) membership, which is their natural right,” the Islamic resistance movement said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The United States’ decision to vote against this natural right… reflects its historic policy of racism… as well as its support for and identification with the Israeli enemy,” Lebanon’s English daily The Daily Star reported.

On Monday, despite strong opposition from the US and Israel, UNESCO voted to admit Palestine into the organization as its newest member at its Paris headquarters.

The membership bid required the approval of two-third of the UN body’s members and was passed with 107 countries out of 173 voting in favor and only 14 against the bid. Fifty-two abstained.

Israel, the US, Canada, Australia and Germany were among the countries that voted against the bid while Japan and Britain were among those abstaining from voting.


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