Following Palestinian Media Watch’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the Palestinian magazine Zayzafuna funded by UNESCO, UNESCO’s funding was condemned internationally.
The US Ambassador to UNESCO condemned the PA for its duplicity and called on UNESCO to act:
“UNESCO must let the Palestinian Authority know that this double-speak, using a message of peace for the international community, and another message for domestic consumption that teaches hatred, is unacceptable. I count on you [Madame Irinia Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO] to investigate whether UNESCO funding is, in fact, still being used to sponsor this Palestinian magazine; and, if so, to take the appropriate steps to end the international community’s financing of such hatred through this organization.”
PMW welcomes the US Ambassador’s clear reference to Palestinian Authority duplicity, which PMW has been documenting for years.
Responding to the US Ambassador, UNESCO stated: “UNESCO is shocked and dismayed by the content of the February issue [of Zayzafuna], and has requested more detailed information and clarification from the editors of the magazine and to Palestinian Authority. UNESCO strongly deplores and condemns the reproduction of such inflammatory statements in a magazine associated with UNESCO’s name and mission and will not provide any further support to the publication in question.”