WASHINGTON - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced it would pull funding for a Palestinian children's magazine due to anti-Semitic content.
The magazine, Zayzafouna, published an article in February written by a teenage girl who presented four role models: a medieval Persian mathematician, a modern Egyptian novelist, the Muslim warrior Saladin, and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
In the article, the author has Hitler telling her in a dream that he killed Jews "so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world." He advises her to be "resilient and patient concerning the suffering that Palestine is experiencing at their hands."
"Thanks for the advice," the narrator responds.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that “membership of UNESCO goes beyond raising the flag" at the organization’s headquarters. “It means sharing values - the values of tolerance, respect for others,” she said. UNESCO member states voted to accept the PA as a member in October.(...)