Netanyahu says Israel to leave UNESCO, following US

Ambassador Phạm Sanh Châu the Vietnamese candidate for the position of UNESCO Director-General. — VNA  VNS

Ambassador Phạm Sanh Châu the Vietnamese candidate for the position of UNESCO Director-General. — VNA VNS

The withdrawal of the United States, which is meant to provide a fifth of UNESCO's funding, is a major blow for the Paris-based organisation, founded after World War Two to help protect cultural and natural heritage around the world.

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 that underlines Washington's drift away from worldwide institutions.

Hours after the U.S. announced its withdrawal, the Israel joined in, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying he had instructed his foreign ministry to begin preparations to leave.

In the statement, Netanyahu hailed the United States move as a "courageous and moral decision".

Washington has already withheld its funding for UNESCO since 2011, when the body admitted Palestine as a full member.

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The Israeli leader called the United States decision to exit UNESCO "brave and moral", according to a statement. "Unfortunately, its extreme politicization has become a chronic embarrassment", Haley said in a statement.

Other than the absurd UN Human Rights Council, which is run by some of the worst human rights offenders in the world, UNESCO stands out for its anti-Jewish agenda, which seeks to deny the history of the Jewish presence in what now is Israel and Judea/Samaria (the "West Bank") putting in its place a false Islamic supremacist version of history.

America has chose to withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations programme responsible for corralling global cooperation on issues such as science and education and designating world heritage sites. It referred to the holy site only using Muslim names and prompted angry reactions from Israeli politicians.

The text denounced "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem".

"We will be carefully watching how the organization and the new director general steers the agency", Hegadorn said.

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The US announced its withdrawal from UNESCO complaining about how it is run and about what Washington described as bias against Israel.

UNESCO chief Bokova defended her agency's reputation, noting its efforts to support Holocaust education and train teachers to fight anti-Semitism — and saying that the Statue of Liberty is among the many World Heritage sites protected by the United Nations agency.

An American flag flies outside the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France, October 12, 2017.

She said the United States and Unesco matter to each other more than ever now because "the rise of violent extremism and terrorism calls for new long-term responses for peace and security". It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group. "This is a loss for multilateralism".

"The US relationship with Unesco is a matter for them".

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Of all the United Nations bodies, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) might be the hardest to dislike.

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