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Witold Zyss, B’nai B’rith’s permanent representative to UNESCO, reports:

unescoThe General Conference of UNESCO, meeting in Paris from 25 October to 10 November 2011, decided to admit Palestine as member state of the Organization. The General Conference is the supreme instance of UNESCO, composed of all the member states (now 195), meeting once in two years to approve the programme and the budget of the Organization and decide on other important issues.

The item on the admission of Palestine was taken up on Monday 31 October 2011, immediately after the end of the general policy debate in which the last speaker, still as observer, was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority who made a passionate plea for the admission of Palestine as member state.

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B'nai B'rith's delegate to UNESCO, Witold Zyss, has sent us regular reports of the discussions and resolutions emanating from the session of the General Conference of UNESCO held in Paris from 25 October to 10 November 2011. A major issue for Israel and its supporters has been the Palestinian application for membership of UNESCO.

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Stark Contrast Between Netanyahu and Abbas Approaches to Peace.... Confrontational Abbas Rewrites Reality... Source: Bnai Brith International News Release

Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2011: At the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck exactly the right tone when he called for direct negations with the Palestinians without preconditions.

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Dear Dr. Merkel

.... We beg of you with all urgency to maintain your rejection of a unilateral declaration of a State of Palestine...

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B'nai B'rith protects Israel, quotes violations perpetrated by Iran at the 13th session of the Council of Human Rights at the U.N.
Report by Jacques Jacubert.

B'nai B'rith International (BBI) sent its annual delegation to the UN in Geneva on the 3rd week of March 2010 for the Council of Human Rights, organized many meetings with VIP and made a few official declarations…

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