Israel announced withdrawal from UNESCO

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's envoy to UNESCO to submit an official withdrawal notice. Israel joins the US in the move.
UNESCO Photo credit: Reuters/ Israel News Company

Today (Friday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's envoy to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Carmel Shama to submit an official withdrawal notice.

The notice will be handed in immediately after Christmas and will take effect at the end of next year, in accordance with the rules of the organization. Israel joins the US, who made a similar announcement to pull out in October.

"UNESCO broke all records of hypocrisy, incitement and lies against Israel and the Jewish people," Shama stated. "Israel and the Jewish nation…should be the first to donate to this organization and the last to leave. However, in the 'Theater of the Absurd' that is UNESCO, sane countries have nothing to find."

Shama added that the decision is a show of gratitude to the US. "For many years, the US made sure that Israel doesn't walk alone, despite facing an overwhelming majority and paying a price," he explained. "The bottom line is that the US left UNESCO for Israel and it is our moral duty that it doesn't do it alone."



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