Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited ‘anti-Israel bias.’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as ‘brave and moral,’ a statement said. The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon. Unesco head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of ‘profound regret.’ The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 – until then, the US will remain a full member. The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted he had instructed his foreign ministry to ‘prepare Israel’s withdrawal … in parallel with the United States.'” (10/12/17)