U.S. to withdraw from UNESCO by 2019 over anti-Israel bias

The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)
The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – The United States decided to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over its anti-Israel bias and need for reform, the Department of State said.

The decision, which would become effective only in 2019, “was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO,” read the statement Thursday by the U.S. Department of State, in which the United States announced that it had notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of its decision. [Read more…]

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Queens Museum reinstates Israeli UN event following outcry over cancellation

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The museum, run by the New York City borough of Queens, is housed in the same building where the General Assembly vote partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states took place on Nov. 29, 1947. Israel’s mission to the United Nations reserved space in June to mark the event’s 70th anniversary and invited senior UN dignitaries. [Read more…]

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