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Who Supported Shameful UNESCO Vote?

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Those of us who stand for Israel were appalled by last week's vote by the United Nations Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) that ignored Israel's connection to the holiest Jewish sites. But who, exactly, voted for this anti-Israel resolution? Writing at Israel Hayom, former national security adviser Elliott Abrams looks at those who voted against Israel, as well as the nations that did not oppose the resolution:

The following nations voted yes: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chad, China, Dominican ‎Republic, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, ‎Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and ‎Vietnam.‎

Six countries voted no: Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, United Kingdom and ‎United States.‎

These were the abstentions: Albania, Argentina, Cameroon, El Salvador, France, Ghana, ‎Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Paraguay, Saint ‎Vincent and Nevis, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and ‎Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine. Serbia and Turkmenistan were absent from the vote, ‎presumably deliberately to avoid the issue entirely...

The vote shows that plenty of countries are tired of the Palestinian and broader Arab abuse ‎of the U.N. system, but very few profiles in courage. One should take note that Albania, ‎which abstained, is the only Muslim-majority country to do so, and deserves credit. And ‎then there are the yes votes, which are appalling: Outside the Muslim world, they were ‎Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam, and ‎of course Russia and China.‎

This vote further discredits UNESCO, of course, but it also discredits the countries that ‎supported or did not oppose a resolution that is entirely political and entirely divorced from ‎history. One can hope (a dim hope, I suppose) that in some of those countries there will be ‎discussion and debate over the vote. While damaging UNESCO the resolution gained ‎nothing for the Palestinians. There was no reason to support it except the usual U.N. tropism ‎against Israel. Still, that automatic majority is weakening -- a result of years of effort by the ‎Netanyahu government.‎..

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