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Daybreak: Unesco Bid Advances Palestinians

Plus China, Russia slammed for vetoes, and more in the news

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• After a vote by its 58-member board, the Palestinians gained initial approval to join the U.N. cultural organization UNESCO, which it sought as part of its broader membership strategy. However, full membership in the body could automatically trigger a cut-off of U.S. funding to the United Nations (as Secretary Clinton warned). [NYT]

• Countries ranging from the United States to European nations to Turkey berated Russia and China for vetoing the U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria this week. [AP/WP/AP/WP]

• Field Marshal Tantawi, Egypt’s de facto ruler, announced that the governing military would not field a presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections. [NYT]

• Following a report that he had pushed for clemency for Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard only to be rejected by President Obama, Vice President Biden agreed to meet with Jewish-American leaders on the issue. [JTA]

• Nick Kristof apportions a significant amount of the blame for Israel’s current woes to Prime Minister Netanyahu. [NYT]

• Apple impresario and inventor Steve Jobs died at 56. He was inspired to work in personal computing after reading a 1971 article by Tablet Magazine contributor Ron Rosenbaum. [NYT]

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Marc R says:

You have it exactly backward on Biden and Pollard. He said Obama was entertaining clemency and Biden was against it.

Jordan says:

Mark Tracy is often sloppy when summarizing articles he refers to in The Scroll.

Here, he quotes a JTA article as saying that Biden pushed for clemency for Pollard and was rebuffed by Obama. The JTA article actually says the opposite: Obama was considering clemency and Biden said, “over my dead body.”

Jordan says:

More Mark Tracy sloppiness: The Times says that after Steve Jobs read the Rosenbaum article he was inspired to build a device to allow people to make free phone calls, not that he was inspired to work in computing.

kiefman says:

I for real wonder if Von Trier, who is as he said, a true jewish nazi, is a good and dear friend to Mel Gibson, a pure not jewish nazi and aactor. And since the last one nazi, Mel Gibson, is already by Jews from Hollywood, not Bollywood, given the money and a film role of Juda Maccabi to play, shouldn’t Hollywood Jews give a jewish nazi Von Trier both money and a role of the Greatest Jews of all, Moses Himself, to play? And, those who knows, are those two nazis a friends to each other? I, as a Jew, ask because I want to know nothing but the truth!

Hershl says:

One good thing that will come out of the UNESCO affair is that the US will finally, after years of threats, make good on suspending all contributions to this group.

That will deprive these anti-Semites of over 20% of their budget.

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