U.S. Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’ - News Summed Up

U.S. Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’


In 2011, the United States stopped funding Unesco due to what was then a forgotten, 15-year-old amendment mandating a complete cutoff of American financing to any United Nations agency that accepts Palestine as a full member. Unesco was dependent on the United States for 22 percent of its budget, then about $70 million a year. Analysts said that actually withdrawing from the organization was a significant escalation by the United States in its criticism of United Nations bodies. Mr. Trump has pledged to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and selected a pro-settlement ambassador. Nikki Haley, the U.N. ambassador, has repeatedly criticized the United Nations for what she called its anti-Israel bias.


Source: New York Times October 12, 2017 13:28 UTC


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