US loses Unesco voting rights after stopping funds over Palestine decision

Some Americans warn of loss of influence over world culture and education after US misses deadline to pay debt

Associated Press in Paris

theguardian.com, Friday 8 November 2013 06.27 EST

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The Palestinian ambassador to Unesco, Elias Sanbar, at the agency’s general conference. Photograph: Jacques Brinon/AP

American influence in culture, science and education around the world took a high-profile blow on Friday after the US automatically lost voting rights at Unesco after missing a crucial deadline to repay its debt to the world’s cultural agency.

The US has not paid its dues to the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in protest over the decision by world governments to make Palestine a Unesco member in 2011. Israel suspended its dues at the same time and also lost voting rights on Friday.

Under Unesco rules, the US had until Friday morning to resume funding or explain itself, or automatically lose its vote. A Unesco official, who was not authorised to speak publicly about the issue, said nothing was received from either the US or Israel.

The suspension of US contributions, which accounted for $80m a year – 22% of Unesco’s overall budget – brought the agency to the brink of a financial crisis and forced it to cut or scale back US-led initiatives such as Holocaust education and tsunami research.

Many in Washington are worried that the US will become a toothless Unesco member with a weakened voice in international programmes fighting extremism through education and promoting gender equality and press freedoms.

Some fear that a weaker US presence will lead to growing anti-Israeli sentiment within Unesco, where Arab-led criticism of Israel for territorial reasons has long been an issue.

“We won’t be able to have the same clout,” said Phyllis Magrab, the Washington-based US national commissioner for Unesco. “In effect, we [now won’t] have a full tool box. We’re missing our hammer.”

The Unesco tension has prompted fresh criticism of US laws that force an automatic funding cutoff for any UN agency with Palestine as a member. The official list of countries that lose their votes was expected to be read aloud on Saturday before the entire Unesco general conference.

Israel’s ambassador to Unesco, Nimrod Barkan, told the Associated Press that his country supported the US decision “objecting to the politicisation of Unesco, or any international organisation, with the accession of a non-existing country like Palestine”.

Unesco is probably best known for its programme to protect the cultures of the world via its heritage sites, which include the Statue of Liberty and Timbuktu in Mali. But its core mission, as conceived by the US, a co-founder of the agency in 1946, was to be an anti-extremist organisation. It  tackles foreign policy issues such as access to clean water, teaches girls to read, works to eradicate poverty, promotes freedom of expression and gives people creative thinking skills to resist violent extremism.

Among Unesco programmes already slashed because of funding shortages is one in Iraq that was intended to help restore water facilities. Also in danger was a Holocaust and genocide awareness programme in Africa to teach about non-violence, non-discrimination and ethnic tolerance, using the example of the mass killing of Jews during the second world war.

This loss is a particular blow to the US, since Holocaust awareness was one of the areas the country aggressively promoted in the agency’s agenda when it rejoined in 2002 after an 18-year hiatus, during which the US had withdrawn from the organisation over differences in vision.

The Palestinian ambassador to Unesco, Elias Sanbar, said other countries were beginning to make up for the US shortfall.

“Is this in the interest of the US, to be replaced?” he asked.

The Unesco director general, Irina Bokova, lamented the change. “I regret to say that I’m seeing, in these last two years … a declining American influence and American involvement,” Bokova said.

“I can’t imagine how we could disengage with the United States at Unesco. We are so intertwined with our message. What I regret is that this decision became so divisive and triggered this suspension of the funding,” she added.

Bokova said she accepted political reality and would find ways for Unesco to continue its work, despite a 2014 budget that is down by an estimated $150m.

Some worry about more serious consequences if Palestine joins other agencies such as the World Health Organisation.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/us-unesco-voting-funds-palestine-decision

 

Morsi ” Israeli Jews the descendants of apes and pigs ” 2010 Video

Morsi’s ‘apes and pigs’ comments highlight Obama’s Egyptian problem, experts say

 

Posted By Neil Munro On 1:39 AM  01/04/2013 @ 1:39 AM In DC Exclusives – Original Reporting,World | No Comments

Muslims should try to force Jews out of Israel by warfare, economic boycotts and diplomatic isolation, Egypt’s new moderate Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, said in recently translated videos from 2010.

“These blood-suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … there is no place for them on the land of Palestine,” Morsi said, referring to Israeli Jews, during in a September 2010 interview.

Morsi’s language forcefully exposes the growing distance between the hopes and reality of President Barack Obama’s Arab-outreach policy, which has provided support to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The 2009 “New Beginning” strategy was intended to moderate Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist groups by allowing them to govern their home countries.

But U.S. officials minimized their public comments about the strategy after a wave of embassy attacks and political turmoil struck in Egypt and other Muslim countries.

In September, officials quietly canceled a planned formal visit by Morsi to the White House. However, they later invited a Morsi aide to the White House, where he met with Obama behind closed doors on Dec. 5.

Even the administration’s “minimalist policy is based on the illusion that the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate and Morsi and Obama can be partners,” said Eric Trager, an expert at the D.C.-based Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The administration “is taking Egypt one day at a time, and one danger is that it is not looking ahead to the point at which the Brotherhood will pursue its foreign policy, which it has spoken about for the past 84 years,” he added.

Once that happens, he said, “the working relationship [with the White House] will disappear.”

Obama’s faith in a long-term partnership was highlighted on Dec. 6, when the president called Morsi three weeks after he had claimed dictatorial power over Egypt’s courts.

During the call, Obama explained to Morsi that it is “own interest to offer his opposition compromises, in order to build trust in his government,” a senior Obama aide told the New York Times in a Dec. 14 article.

Obama’s advice about Egyptian politics and continued large-scale economic and military aid have had little impact on statements and actions by Morsi and his allies.

Back during the May 2012 elections, Morsi told a rally that his top political goal is establishing “the Sharia, then the Sharia, and finally, the Sharia.”

Sharia is Islam’s myriad edicts about behavior, speech, worship and business.

Since the December phone call with Obama, Morsi won a national ballot establishing a new Islamic constitution that gives Muslim clerics the task of reviewing all laws to assess their compliance with Sharia.

The constitution was approved by most Egyptian voters amid desperate opposition from a secular coalition of Christians, leftists, independent women and free-market advocates.

The coalition leaders’ complained that the coalition was overwhelmed by street thugs, police arrests, media curbs and ballot fraud.

Morsi’s new videos, released by the Middle East Media Research Institute, display the gap between the administration’s hopes and the reality of Morsi’s views.

Muslims outside Israel “should support the [Palestinian] resistance fighters and besiege the Zionist wherever they are,” Morsi said, after referring to Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.”

The “apes and pigs” comment refers to a passage in Muslims’ sacred book, the Koran. The Muslim god, Allah, “transformed [Jews] into apes and swine,” because they rejected Islam, says the the Koran, which is considered by Muslims to be the transcribed and unchangeable words of Allah.

“There is no place for them on the land of Palestine … [Jews] have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history,” Morsi said during a March 2010 interview with the Lebanon-based Al-Quds TV-station.

“The Zionists understood nothing but the language of force … they are hostile by nature,” added Morsi, whose comments echo orthodox Islamic edicts.

Morsi’s allies and advisers also continue to threaten war against Israel.

“Jewish occupiers in the territory of historic Palestine are an obstacle to the Palestinians’ right of return … this project has a decade, less than a decade to go,” Essam al-Erian, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said Jan. 1.

Al-Erian’s rant is treated by the U.S. media as routine, because similar comments are commonplace among senior Muslim Brotherhood members, according to Trager, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy expert.

“It is par for the course,” he said.

But U.S. officials dismiss the significance of the Muslim Brotherhood’s beliefs, worldview and motives.

“‘The problem with Morsi isn’t whether he is Islamist or not, it is whether he is authoritarian,’ said a Western diplomat in Cairo,” according to the New York Times article.

Morsi’s goal is a Muslim theocracy, according to Barry Rubin, a regional expert.

“Of course that is an authoritarian destination , of which authoritarian means are considered acceptable and are, in fact, a necessity,” said Rubin, who runs his own nonprofit, Global Research in International Affairs.

Obama’s December instructions to Morsi about Egyptian politics are also laughable, Rubin told TheDC.

“Do people in D.C. know what the Brotherhood wants and [the] conditions in Egypt, better than the Brotherhood leadership?” Rubin asked.

“Obama lived for years in an ivory tower, where political correctness was a religion,” said Michel Rubin, a regional expert at the American Enterprise Institute. “By ignoring reality, Obama’s policies have become untethered from reality.”

Morsi’s secular opponents are distraught at Obama’ support for Morsi, according to Barry Rubin.

“One day, decades in the future, an American president might be apologizing for a U.S. policy of backing a repressive Islamist regime in Egypt,” he said.

Trager offered a milder criticism.

“The president believes that he has a good personal working relationship with Morsi, but what he should remember is that there are many people within Egyptian politics that thought they are a very good personal working relationship with Morsi,” he said.

“When the opportunity came for Morsi to expand his power, he shoved them under the bus,” he adding.

The Muslim Brotherhood “is a deeply conspiratorial and, of course, anti-Israel group that is not moving on its foreign goals now,” he added. “It will move on those aims when it feels the time is right.”

But in the White House, Trager said, “part of the reason that they don’t want to admit there’s a problem is because to admit that there’s a problem means they have have to do something about it. “

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/04/morsis-apes-and-pigs-comments-highlight-obamas-egyptian-problem-experts-say/

Israeli Hackers Leak Credit Card Data from Palestine ISP

!!EEV: Again, always proceed with caution when clicking unknown links!!

Along war with airstrikes between Israel and Palestine, Cyber war between hackers from both country on fire.
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First Hackers from all over world who supporting Palestine start attacking Israeli sites, now a hacker going by name “yourikan” has leaked a complete database from an ISP called PALNET (http://www.palnet.ps).
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In a statement, hacker told ‘The Hacker News’, “this is in react of the latest terror from Palestine in the missiles against Israel and the cyber war against us say no to Palestine! say no to terror!
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Leaked database has been posted on pastebin and downloadable file on anonfiles and including credit card details and full personal address, numbers, names of various Israeli users and admin password and snmp secrets files.
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About Author:

Photo-Mohit+(Mobile)Mohit Kumar aka ‘Unix Root’  is Founder and Editor-in-chief  of ‘The Hacker News’. He is a Security Researcher and Analyst, with experience in various aspects of Information Security. His editorials always get people thinking and participating in the new and exciting world of cyber security. Other than this : He is an Internet Activist, Strong supporter of Anonymous & Wikileaks. His all efforts are to make internet more Secure.

 

http://thehackernews.com/2012/11/israeli-hackers-leak-credit-card-data.html