USA will withdraw from UNESCO over its 'anti-Israel bias'

USA will withdraw from UNESCO over its 'anti-Israel bias'

USA will withdraw from UNESCO over its 'anti-Israel bias'

The United States is planning on quitting UNESCO over its perceived anti-Israel bias.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he received a notification from his country's departure from UNESCO, noting that "we have been greatly saddened by decision to leave United States as a UNESCO member".

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"The United States indicated", Nauert added, "its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO.to contribute US views" on issues including "the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education". The decision "reflects US concerns with mounting arrears" at the United Nations entity, as well as what she called "continuing anti-Israel bias".

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Paris-based UNESCO, which began work in 1946, is known for designating World Heritage sites such as the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and the Grand Canyon National Park.

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The magazine said the decision was aimed at saving money and to protest what the U.S believes is UNESCO's anti-Israel stance.

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