The past few days have seen announcements by the United States State Department and Israel’s Prime Minister stating that both countries are withdawing from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). These announcements are welcome news for Jerusalem — after many years of abuse by UNESCO and other foreign bodies that have lied and twisted facts about Jerusalem, it is time to stand up for truth! UNESCO has held several “votes” over the past few years and issued statements that fully deny the importance and holiness of Jerusalem to Israel and the Jewish People. Clearly, no vote can deny the truth and facts of thousands of years. Jerusalem and all of its most special landmarks are more than just “heritage sites.” Jerusalem has been and will remain Israel’s unified, eternal capital.
U.S., Israel quit U.N. heritage agency citing bias
Article Courtesy: Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) – The United States and Israel announced on Thursday they were quitting the U.N.’s cultural agency UNESCO, after Washington accused it of anti-Israeli bias.
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 organization, founded after World War Two to help protect cultural and natural heritage around the world.
UNESCO is best known for designating World Heritage Sites such as the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and the Grand Canyon National Park.
“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,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Hours later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would quit too, calling the U.S. decision “brave and moral”.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her disappointment: “At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack,” she said.
“This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism.”
Washington has already withheld its funding for UNESCO since 2011, when the body admitted Palestine as a full member. The United States and Israel were among just 14 of 194 members that voted against admitting the Palestinians. Washington’s arrears on its $80 million annual dues since then are now over $500 million.
Although Washington supports a future independent Palestinian state, it says this should emerge out of peace talks and it considers it unhelpful for international organizations to admit Palestine until negotiations are complete.
In recent years, Israel has repeatedly complained about what it says is the body taking sides in disputes over cultural heritage sites in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.
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