ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Zionism, Racism and Culture

Israel will ignore Palestine's membership of UNESCO, but Palestine can use this toehold to salvage its heritage.

After blustery threats failed to banish the item from the agenda, the United States and Israel retaliated in their own ways when the United Nations cultural body, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) voted overwhelmingly to admit Palestine as a full member. The US cut off all financial support and Israel announced plans to build a few thousand more dwelling units in occupied Palestinian land.

As the public discourse plays out about a world body that does not repay US generosity with any manner of gratitude, a more realistic assessment, which nobody yet dares speak out loud, is gaining traction in the higher levels of the US administration. Robert Gates, a legacy of the Bush administration and till recently defence secretary, in one of his final internal meetings before leaving office, reportedly said that the US had done much and taken great risks for Israel, though Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was proving an “ungrateful ally”.

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