BBC WS radio on US withdrawal from UNESCO

This is a cross-post from BBC Watch.

The BBC World Service radio programme ‘Business Matters’ describes itself as providing listeners with “global business news“. Apparently that type of news was in short supply on October 13th because the day’s lead story was entirely unrelated to that topic.

“Israel has followed the US in announcing its intention to leave Unesco, the UN’s cultural organisation. We examine the reasons why and ask what it means for Unesco’s future.”

The caption to the photograph used to illustrate the programme’s webpage reads as follows:

“Picture: the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City”

As readers may recall, the employment of the term “Al Aqsa Mosque compound” – rather than the BBC style guide stipulated terms Temple Mount and Haram al Sharif – was first seen in November 2014 immediately after the PLO published a ‘media advisory’ document informing foreign journalists of its “[c]oncern over the use of the inaccurate term “Temple Mount” to refer to Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem”. That directive is of course part and parcel of the PLO’s tactic of negation of Jewish history and it is therefore particularly ironic that this caption accompanies a report concerning a UN body where that tactic has become a regular feature.

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  1. Can someone explain to me what UNESCO is for?
    I know what its ‘mission statement’ says and why and when it was founded. But what is it for now?
    Is it necessary for UNESCO to exist? Or, could its aims some of which are very laudable be better performed by National or Regional Governments?

    At a time when culture, education and the arts are having to struggle for the resources they need is UNESCO necessary or could the resources be better and more productively spent elsewhere.

  2. Leave to the BBC to post moronic comments about the Middle East and America. They never get anything remotely close to truthful

  3. The more good people refuse to participate in such forums the more they come to resemble what they are.
    Don’t feed them, don’t give them undeserved legitimacy.

    • It would be interesting to hear a progress report on how the ‘Palestinian’ Authority is progressing with implementing Article 1 of UNESCO’s Constitution.

      UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this purpose the Organization is required to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”