French Jewish groups call country’s UNESCO vote a betrayal

By JTA
November 1, 2011 16:18

 
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PARIS - French Jewish groups on Monday said they feel betrayed by their country’s vote in favor of extending UNESCO membership to the Palestinian Authority.

“[French] President Sarkozy broke his word and betrayed the ties of friendship that link France and Israel,” said the UPJF, a Jewish group of business professionals and CEOs, in a statement issued shortly after Monday's vote.

The UPJF and the Jewish umbrella group, CRIF, both said in statements that France’s position did not correlate with recent declarations by Sarkozy, who argued that the Palestinian bid for membership was premature.

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