Palestine Accepted into UN's Cultural Agency

The UN's cultural agency voted to accept Palestine as a full member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The vote was 107 to 14 with 52 abstentions. While the U.S. currently provides 22 percent of UNESCO's funding, laws passed in the 1990's prohibit the U.S. from financing any UN organization that allows Palestine as a full member. That means UNESCO could lose some $70 million annually as the U.S. laws come into play.