Richard Falk: UNESCO Membership and Palestinian Self-Determination

by Richard Falk, Foreign Policy Journal, November 4, 2011

It may not ease the daily pain of occupation and blockade, or the endless anguish of refugee status and exile, or the continual humiliations of discrimination and second class citizenship, but the admission of Palestine to membership in UNESCO is for so many reasons a step forward in the long march of the Palestinian people toward the dignity of sunlight! This notable event in Paris illuminates the path that leads to self-determination, but also brings into the open some of the most formidable obstacles that must be cleared if further progress is to be made.

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