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Israel officially left the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on New Year’s Day in protest at the agency’s inability to combat its own politicization and profound anti-Israel bias.
The United States completed its withdrawal from the Paris-based UN cultural agency at the same time.
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“UNESCO is a body that continually rewrites history, including by erasing the Jewish connection to Jerusalem,” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the Times of Israel in an interview ahead of the pullout that came at midnight Paris time (1 a.m. in Israel).
“It is corrupted and manipulated by Israel’s enemies, and continually singles out the only Jewish state for condemnation. We are not going to be a member of an organization that deliberately acts against us.”
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Both countries announced their decisions in 2017, but, according to the UNESCO statute of membership, withdrawals go into effect at the end of the following year — in this case after the final tick of the clock on December 31, 2018.
The departure comes after a series of anti-Israel decisions by the body, including accepting Palestine as a permanent...
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