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United States to Pull Out of UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'

United States to Pull Out of UNESCO Over 'Anti-Israel Bias'

"The United States indicated", Nauert added, "its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO.to contribute USA views" on issues including "the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education".

The U.S. State Dept. has just announced the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO, a key United Nations agency dedicated to the promotion of peace and security through collaboration.

In 2011, the Obama administration cut $80 million a year from its UNESCO budget in response to the organization's inclusion of Palestine as a member. USA envoy to the UN Nikki Haley made the Trump administration's position clear in July following UNESCO's ruling that the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron is a Palestinian World Heritage Site threatened by Israel. "It represents an affront to history".

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The magazine said the decision was aimed at saving money and to protest what the U.S believes is UNESCO's anti-Israel stance.

The decision to leave UNESCO comes at a time when the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is voting to choose a new director this week. During the meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the 2017 session of the UN General Assembly, Tillerson stated that the White House is debating whether to pull out of the agency.


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