Israel officially leaves UNESCO

January 2, 2019 Agencies
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Israel is no longer a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.

“Israel will not be part of a body that continually rewrites history, including by erasing the Jewish connection to Jerusalem,” Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon told JNS. “UNESCO is manipulated by Israel’s enemies and continually singles out the Jewish state for condemnation.”

The U.N. agency has been subject to criticism of anti-Israel bias and distortion of historical sites such as Jewish ties to the Western Wall and Temple Mount.

In September, Israel declined to partake in UNESCO’s conference on antisemitism “due to the organization’s persistent and egregious bias against Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The United States is also expected to leave UNESCO. The State Department did not return a request for comment.

Above report by Jackson Richman/JNS

TPS reports:

Israel notified the UN culture watchdog in December 2017  that it would leave the organization because of its anti-Israel  “biased, one-sided and absurd attitude” surrounding several clashes earlier in the year: In July, the organization’s World Heritage Council accepted a Palestinian request to list the Old City of Hebron, including the Cave of the Patriarchs, as a “Palestinian” world heritage site. The same month, the Council referred to Israel as “the occupying power” in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Last June, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO said Jerusalem could reconsider the decision depending on the outcomes of the World Heritage Committee session meeting in Manama, Bahrain, in which  Israel participated.

The presence of Israel at the session in Bahrain evoked strong public scrutiny as the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations although the two sides are believed to have maintained secret contacts in recent years.


2 Responses to “Israel officially leaves UNESCO”
  1. Joe Weinstein says:

    Good riddance !!!

    Not a moment too soon

    “I would not belong to a club that would have me as a member” LOL

  2. Henry Herzog says:

    And about bloody time too.
    UNESCO should change its name to; the, United Nations Recreation of Reality to Delegitimise Israel Organization.

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