Funds cut after hate article

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

UNESCO has cut funding to a Palestinian children's magazine that featured an article glorifying Adolf Hitler.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre had sent a letter of complaint to the UN's cultural arm about its sponsorship of the "antisemitic" Zayzafuna.

In February, it included a piece praising jihad. Its young female author wrote of meeting Hitler in a dream in which he told her that he killed the Jews "so you would all know that they are a nation that spreads destruction all over the world".

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre had called on UNESCO to stop funding the publication, while the US ambassador to UNESCO demanded immediate action "to let the Palestinians know that the kind of antisemitic, anti-Israel venom their educational system and media is introducing to young Palestinians is not the way forward towards tolerance, respect and peace".

Earlier this year, UNESCO granted the Palestinians membership of the Paris-based organisation.

UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova said membership involved "more than just raising the flag" and that the article was "totally unacceptable."

    Last updated: 12:43pm, December 29 2011