UNESCO vote to admit Palestine: Who objected?

Following is the full count of yesterday’s vote at UNESCO to admit Palestine as a member.

No: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sweden, United States of America, Vanuatu.

Abstentions: Albania, Andorra, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Cook Islands, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Georgia, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liberia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Zambia.

Yes: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Absent: Antigua and Barbuda, Central African Republic, Comoros, Dominica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Madagascar, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Confederated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Niue, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan.

12 Responses to “UNESCO vote to admit Palestine: Who objected?”


  • The world has an opportunity to give a lesson in Democracy… This decision will increase the isolation of those who do not respect the rules and regulations of the international community… Saudi Arabia would really be smart if it steps in and finance the UNESCO instead of the USA…. Wake up your Majesty, seize the opportunity… for once!!!

    The “REAL free” world is watching….. world consciousness must wake up at last… The Tunisian who ignited the first revolution in the ever sleeping Arab world must be really burning and turning IN HIS GRAVE waiting to see how the Arab rich countries will stand up to uphold the rights of the people whose land has been taken by force and who still suffer hunger, oppression and demolition of their homes by a so called democratic occupant… No tree has ever reached the sky… Somebody is watching up there and His patience has limits… WAKE UP WORLD…

  • Doesn’t bode well for Israel, does it. :

  • IF IT DOESN’T WONDER ME THAT AFRICAN , ARABO-MUSLIM AND SEVERAL SOUTH AMERICAN AND ASIAN COUNTRIES VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE ADMISSION
    OF “PALESTINE” ( A STATE WHICH ACTUALLY DOESN’T EXIST )THE ABSTENTION
    OF OTHER STATES ARE IN SOME CASES A POSITIVE AND IN OTHER A NEGATIVE
    SURPRISE.
    BUT THE VOTES OF SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN FAVOUR OF PALESTINE
    LIKE AUSTRIA, BELGIUM , FINLAND, FRANCE, GREECE, ICELAND, IRELAND,
    NORWAY , SERBIA AND SLOVENIA SHOW WHO ARE ISRAEL’S “FRIENDS”.

  • The cowardly abstaining of the UK is sad. The yes vote from nearly bankrupt Ireland is disgusting

  • How many of these countries who voted “yes” would like a terrorist state living next to them? Thank God for America and its’ positive influence in the world in voting no to admit “Palestine” into UNESCO. And great that the US Congress is withholding funds from UNESCO in response to this hypocritical vote.

  • I did not vote for these austrian politicians, who decided here. And i’m not proud any longer to be an Austrian, to live in a state which supports terrorists, to stand in line with Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Somalia and so on. I’m in shame against my friends in Israel.

  • I’m sure Indonesia and Malaysia are now pissed with Singapore and Thailand because of their abstention. Singapore is known as being one of Israel’s most loyal (as well as one of it’s most powerful) friends, so this isn’t quite a shock.

    Well, Burma sort of surprised me there.

  • Come on, people. I’m actually impressed by the number of countries that voted “yes”. And it’s not all Middle Eastern countries, either. France voted yes, didn’t they? China, Spain, and Greece did too. Personally, I think Palestine deserves to be a member. Seriously, you can’t leave out a whole race of people. These people were actually living

    Think about it this way. What if a bunch of powerful countries decided that the Native Americans had more of a right to the United States than we do? What if we all had to either flee the country or live on tiny strips of land? What if the Native Americans just took our homes? What if they killed a crapload of people and imposed checkpoints and stuff like the junk that Israel is doing to the Palestinians? I’d be pretty pissed. And it’s probably even worse for the Palestinians because they had been living on that land for a reallllly long time.

    I also hate it when people pull shit like, “Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East! We have to do what they say!” Really? Maybe that’s because all of the Arab ‘presidents’ are U.S. puppets who are killing their own people. Maybe if the Arabs could overthrow their presidents and dictators, then they could make a democracy. We’re already starting to see that.

    Looks like the USA is still blindly following Israel. Yeah, I’m ashamed.

  • Totally agree with you awesomeness. Now I only hope that the U.S. stops vetoing all pro-palestenian resolutions in the Security Council when the rest of the other 14 memebers (including Germany, which is normally very pro-Israel) are voting in favor of the resolution to bring about peace and justice in Palestine and also lawful authority because we all know that Israel’s continued settlement building in the occupied territories is ILLEGAL under International Law and the biggest obstacle to peace in that region.

  • I hope we will search the wisdom behind voting no! It has been said in the word of God (the bible) Those who curse Israel, I will curse, those who bless Israel, I will bless. We will be going against the will of the creator if we vote yes. It is such a shame for the Philippines to vote in favor of Palestine. I pray that the Filipine representative to the UN will vote against Palestine come Sept. 2012. This vote will affect the whole country, whether we be blessed or cursed by the creator of the universe. We have to accept that God favours Israel beyond any other nation. Who are we to go against God?

  • such a beautiful day for democracy, it’s a shame that a lot of people are stereotyping Palestinians as “terrorists”, I thought we were more civilized than that, oh well.

  • I’m ashamed of my country Swede. All of our neighbours voted for Palestine but we somehow didn’t….

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