ON-Lion Letter
"When the member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] voted last October to confer membership on the Palestinian Authority, they knew their decision would trigger the withdrawal of U.S. funding, which in dues alone accounted for more than $78 million per year, or 22 percent of UNESCO's core budget," begins a March article in National Review Online by Claudia Rossett

"Since then, UNESCO's Bulgarian director-general, Irina Bokova, has been campaigning -- not to undo UNESCO's admission of 'Palestine,' but to persuade U.S. authorities to resume forking out money to UNESCO," Rossett's article continues.  "Bokova’s efforts have included two trips to Washington these past four months ....

"To this I can add the news that to supplement Bokova's forays to the U.S., Paris-based UNESCO is now quietly planning to open an office in Washington, sometime in the next few months," Rossett reveals.  "Were the aim simply to represent UNESCO to the U.S., there would be no need for this.  UNESCO already has a liaison office at the U.N.'s headquarters in New York.  But this new office, in Washington, will be positioned to maximize access to U.S. policymakers, especially Congress."

Rossett is a journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in D.C. and heads its Investigative Reporting Project.  Her work is supported Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

"By now, there's quite a crowd trying to 'work with Congress' to reopen America’s river of money to UNESCO," she writes, providing details and listing members of the crowd.  "As for Palestinian membership, there's no sign that UNESCO's members, its secretariat, or for that matter the U.S. State Department are toiling to undo it.  All the pressure is on Congress, to accommodate UNESCO and the Palestinians by changing U.S. laws."
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