John Bolton scores UN on stance toward Israel

American ambassador to the UN John Bolton wrote to Secretary-General Annan on Jan. 3, threatening to cut funding to the UN if it continues to promote anti-Israel events. Bolton’s letter is a response to a Nov. 29 event celebrating an annual “International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People.” At the event, attended by Annan and other top diplomats, a map that “erases the State of Israel” was displayed, Bolton wrote. “In light of prohibition under U.S. law to fund events such as this one, do you consider it appropriate for the UN to advertise and promote the event on its general Web site and other venues, which do in fact benefit from U.S. funds?” The organizer of the “solidarity” event is the Division for Palestinian Rights, which in the 2004-2005 UN budget received $5,449,600.

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