Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Blog

Last week, you sent over 1,500 letters to your representatives urging them to repeal the law that forces Congress to defund UNESCO simply for admitting Palestine as a member. Apparently, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (pictured left) didn’t get the message.

Yesterday, Flake issued a Dear Colleague letter asking for signatories for a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to enforce the 1994 law that “prohibits U.S. contributions to the United Nations or any associated organization that awards the Palestinian Authority the same standing as full member states.” According to Flake, our failure to enforce this law would “have disastrous consequences for the U.S., … and send a message to our allies – most especially Israel – that the U.S. cannot be counted upon to make good on its word.”

Tell your Member of Congress not to sign Rep. Flake's letter

As we’ve pointed out before, it’s far more “disastrous” to cut millions in poverty aid, harm American businesses, and undermine our already shaken international reputation.

These funding cuts will require UNESCO to drastically cut its programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Horn of Africa, and South Sudan — places where the support of economic development is unquestionably in the best interests of U.S. security.

It means fewer funds available to “sustain the democratic spirit of the Arab Spring” and promote the construction of representative democracies across the Middle East and North Africa.

We’ve made great strides in the past two weeks in pressuring Congress to stop jeopardizing American interests for the sake of a symbolic stand with Israel. Let your congressional representatives know that they should not endorse the Flake letter under any circumstances, and together we can send a message to Congress that these irrational and counterproductive gestures will no longer stand.

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