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US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias' US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'
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The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation's "continuing anti-Israel bias".The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation's "continuing anti-Israel bias".
The State Department announced its intention to withdraw from the UN's cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.The State Department announced its intention to withdraw from the UN's cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.
"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at Unesco, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at Unesco," the State Department said in a statement."This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at Unesco, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at Unesco," the State Department said in a statement.
The country hopes to remain a non-member, observer state, in order to contribute US opinions and expertise on issues like press freedoms and protecting world heritage, according to the Department. The country hopes to remain a non-member, observer state, in order to contribute US opinions and expertise on issues like press freedoms and protecting world heritage, according to the Department. The decision will take effect at the end of 2018.
Unesco was funded in the wake of the Second World War, with the aim of ensuring peace through the free flow of ideas and education. The US helped found Unesco in the wake of the Second World War, with the aim of ensuring peace through the free flow of ideas and education. The country's withdrawl marks yet another move by the Trump administration to distance itself from global organisations.
US Secretary of State Rex Tllerson made the decision to pull out several weeks ago, and announced it to French President Emmanuel Macron in a meeting with Donald Trump late last month, according to Foreign Policy. The State Department hoped to delay the announcement until after Unesco selects a new director general this week.
The current Diector General, Irina Bokova, expressed her “profound regret” at the US's decision.
“Universality is critical to UNESCO’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” she said in a statement.
The US has withdrawn from the organisation once before, during the Reagan administration. Former President Ronald Regan withdrew the country from Unesco in 1984, claiming it was biased in favour of the Soviet Union. President George W Bush rejoined the organisation in 2002. The US stopped funding Unesco in 2011, after the organisation accepted Palestine as a member. The US has withdrawn from the organisation once before, during the Reagan administration. Former President Ronald Regan withdrew the country from Unesco in 1984, claiming it was biased in favour of the Soviet Union. President George W Bush rejoined the organisation in 2002. The US stopped funding Unesco in 2011, after the organisation accepted Palestine as a member. 
Israel recalled its ambassador to Unesco last year. The organisation had recently adopted two resolutions that Israeli leaders said ignored Judaism’s connection with one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites. Israel had maintained a rocky relationship with Unesco in the past. Israel recalled its ambassador to Unesco last year. The organisation had recently adopted two resolutions that Israeli leaders said ignored Judaism’s connection with one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites. Israel's relationship with Unesco had long been rocky, after officials accused the body of making decisions out of political considerations.
Mr Trump, still a candidate for the presidency at the time, weighed in on the resolutions, calling their passage a “one-sided attempt to ignore Israel’s 3,000-year bond to its capital city” and “further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias” at the United Nations".
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