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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:29

Trump Administration Withdraws from UNESCO, Citing Anti-Israel Bias

Written by  Adam Shaw

The U.S. announced Thursday that it is withdrawing from the UN’s educational, cultural and scientific body, citing long-standing concerns of significant anti-Israel bias at the body — part of a broader crackdown by the Trump administration against the bias that it sees as present throughout the UN.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” the State Department said in a statement.

The decision comes after a series of anti-Israel decisions by the body, including accepting Palestine as a permanent member in 2011 and most recently in July declaring the Tomb of the Patriarchs – considered the second holiest site in Judaism after the Temple Mount – to be a Palestinian world heritage site in danger.

Another UNESCO decision recently disavowed Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon hailed the move as a “turning point” for UNESCO:

UNESCO has become a battlefield for Israel bashing and has disregarded its true role and purpose. Today’s decision is a turning point for UNESCO. The organization’s absurd and shameful resolutions against Israel have consequences. Today is a new day at the UN, where there is price to pay for discrimination against Israel.

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