Washington (Jun. 23)
The House Appropriation Sub-Committee eliminated today the $500,000 appropriation for the United Nations “Decade of Women” and placed the funds instead in a bi-partisan fund to assist poor women in developing countries. The “Decade” started in 1976 and will continue until 1985.
Rep. William Lehman (D. Fla.), who proposed the action, said that the UN Decade of Women Conference held in Copenhagen last July “was practically run by the Palestine Liberation Organization, whose goal was to politicize it in the same way it did at the Mexico City Conference in 1975” which was “the first international effort to identify Zionism with racism.”
Rep. Lehman stressed that “as long as any UN agency insists on violating its rules so that it can ostracize Israel and promote anti-Semitism or pervert western values, our subcommittee will have something to say about it.”