United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a June meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem. [Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
This past Thursday, the United States announced its withdrawal from the bold faced anti-Israel United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO. The following is an excerpt from the United States government’s press release:
“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 US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley had previously called out the UN on multiple occasions for their anti-Israel bias’ and threatened to pull funding for the organization.
This will be the second time that the US has withdrawn from the organization. The first time came in 1984, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, with the US citing corruption and an ideological tilt toward the Soviet Union against the West. In 2002, the administration of US President George W. Bush agreed to rejoin the organization, claiming it had gotten its books an order and expunged some of its most virulent anti-Western and anti-Israel biases.
In 2011, the United States cut off more than $80 million a year, about 22 percent of its entire budget for UNESCO, in reprisal for the organization’s acceptance of Palestine as a member. The Obama administration said it had to cut funds because a 1990s-era law prohibits U.S. funding for any U.N. agencies recognizing Palestine as a state.
Since 2011, some of the ridiculous anti-Israel resolutions that UNESCO has passed include rejecting Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, declaring Hebron (yes, where all of the Jewish patriarchs are buried) “a Palestinian world heritage site in danger.”
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hours after the US decision to leave the organization issued the following statement: “The Prime Minister instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organization alongside the United States.”
We thank the Nikky Haley and the US Government for refusing to contribute to the anti-Israel UNESCO.
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