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US pulls out of UN cultural body, citing ‘anti-Israel’ bias

The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN’s culture and education body, accusing it of “anti-Israel bias” in a move criticised by the head of the Paris-based organisation. Following years of tension at UNESCO, which is in the process of electing a new director-general, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced…

One Response to “US pulls out of UN cultural body, citing ‘anti-Israel’ bias”

  1. admin says:

    AIPAC applauds the administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). For years, UNESCO has betrayed its original laudatory mission—to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture—and chosen instead to unfairly target the Middle East’s lone democracy, Israel. For example, last year the organization adopted a resolution outrageously attempting to undermine historic Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem.

    By adopting such a one-sided animus toward the Jewish state, UNESCO undermines efforts to seek a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving support to forces in the Palestinian community that reject reconciliation. America previously withheld funds from UNESCO when the organization admitted Palestine as a member, thereby circumventing the peace process.

    We appreciate that the United States has taken a stand against efforts to delegitimize and isolate our ally, Israel. We hope that UNESCO will respond to this action by changing course and stopping its unconscionable bias against Israel.

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