US withdraws from UNESCO, cites ‘continuing anti-Israel bias’

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US withdraws from UNESCO, cites ‘continuing anti-Israel bias’

RT: The US State Department confirmed the country is officially withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural body it helped found in 1945, citing “anti-Israeli bias” and the need for reform. The move will take effect on December 31, the US announced.

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“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” the State Department said in a Thursday statement cited by Reuters.

Washington will remain in the organization “as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise,” the statement said. There has been no immediate comment from the US government.

Earlier, Washington officials told AP that the United States is withdrawing from UNESCO after repeated criticism of resolutions that the Trump administration perceived as anti-Israeli.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said she received official notification from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding she expressed “profound regret at the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO.”

Washington’s move was “a loss for multiculturalism and the UN family,” she added.

In a statement released later on Thursday, Bokova said: “At the time when the fight against violent extremism calls for renewed investment in education, in dialogue among cultures to prevent hatred, it is deeply regrettable that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations agency leading these issues.”

She added that in 2011, when the US stopped funding the organization, “I was convinced UNESCO had never mattered as much for the United States, or the United States for UNESCO.”

Vladimir Tolstoy, the Russian president’s cultural adviser, said that the United States’ withdrawal from the body was a bad sign.

“It seems to me this is a bad sign in either case, one that looks worse on the United States rather than UNESCO.”

The US stopped financing UNESCO after the organization moved to admit the Palestinian Authority as a member in 2011. However, the State Department has maintained a mission at the agency’s Paris headquarters.

According to Amir Oren, a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz, although the State Department also gave other reasons for withdrawing from UNESCO such as the questions of debt and organizational mismanagement, the US may also be affirming its support for Israel.

“There have been several [UNESCO] resolutions which contended with the Israeli, or more accurately the Jewish version of the status of Jerusalem, and one can indeed quarrel with the question whether its cultural, religious, political… there are many layers to Jerusalem of course,” Oren told RT. “Israel considers UNESCO to be anti-Israel, and therefore when the United States wants to show that it’s pro-Israel, it becomes anti-UNESCO.”

Americans played a pivotal role during UNESCO’s formation. Archibald MacLeish, the first US member of UNESCO’s governing board, authored the preamble to its 1945 Constitution, according to the State Department.

The constitution’s spirit gained fame due to its opening lines: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”

The US joined UNESCO as a founding member but pulled out in 1984 because of “a growing disparity between US foreign policy and UNESCO goals.” After 19 years, Washington rejoined the organization in October 2003.

“As a symbol of our commitment to human dignity, the United States will return to UNESCO. This organization has been reformed and America will participate fully in its mission to advance human rights and tolerance and learning,” the then-president, George W. Bush, said while announcing the decision to rejoin.

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  1. So by withdrawing from the organization, I assume the USG surrenders their right to be the sole vote that defends apartheid Israel from UNESCO resolutions that are otherwise unanimously and justifiably against them?

  2. This indeed is a sole prerequisite for an ideological battle over Jerusalem and of course the subsequent attempt for Trump to try to move US embassy over there. As many of us know if you kick a small stone with your shoe on a Jerusalem street there is a big chance it will land on some sacred site or ground claimed by all sorts of ideologies and crusader style religions and tribalism, all pure UNESCO material. There is no average Western mind without some sort of historic claim over Jerusalem, while at the same time those who live and pilgrim there for centuries instead of pillaging are not welcome by the same Western average minds. So maybe after New Year Trump might attempt to do just that, re-take Jerusalem for exclusive chauvinist crusader zionist purposes.

  3. America has become a rogue outlaw state thanks to the juze. From Hollywood, where perverted, degenerate juze molest women and children to israel where degenerate juze murder them, the talmudic, zionist jue is the scum of the world. They have taken control of America and now in the process of destroying it. The idiot alt right are clueless.
    The Jewnited States of America, a nation run by and for israel is now the most hated and feared country on the planet. America has no moral compass. America has no credibility. Its flag anthem and Pledge are meaningless jokes. I wouldn’t stand either.
    The orange howler monkey in the Whore House has officially dragged the nation into the gutter.
    Anybody who continues to support this sorry piece of human excrement is a thumb sucking moron.
    America is going to become isolated from the rest of the world. Its bases will be forced to close and America will be the pariah state that is now headed for self destruction. It is now assured.
    If we can manage to make it to the new year without the idiot in the Whore House starting a nuclear war, we’ll be lucky.
    The election of Trump to Washington has dragged America down to a new level of lunatic alt right idiocy not unlike those who believe the earth is flat.

  4. There is a mountain of evidence that Israel did 9/11. So how can this evil regime be our friend when it attacked us? Americans are very stupid people today and love to be fleeced and had. As genius Founder Ben Franklin said, corruption would take the country down and it has and will until fools in America rise up and put an end to it. End all dual citizenships and all aid to the corrupt cesspool Israel.

  5. US have deserved to be left out UNESCO for so many criminal reasons over the past several decades with their sponsorship of terror and now they retreat for Israel. Perhaps what US did in Palmyra UNESCO’s site noone remembers anymore, but Israeli ZOO’s new baboon layer is of the highest regard. However US have taken a wise decision, they simply do not belong together with 150+ normal nations, and UNESCO only being a small part of it.

  6. And Russia left PACE organization in EU and finished funding its part (10% from total). Thanks to Ukie and Baltic hysteria and EU prostitution. We don’t want to feed these old idiots. And now they realized that lost a lot of money and have to close many programs and many deputies won’t get money. Russia must quit all such filthy and cheap organizations, which like to get the Russian money, but demonize us from the other side. Only a kind of hunger will fix their empty brains.

  7. Leaving UNESCO is a great start, my friends. The earlier the United States leave the United Nations, the better. Trump is basically telling the lizards to take their NWO and shuv it where it hurts the most. Keep going, Trump To blame the UNESCO departure on its “anti-Israel bias” is an act of genius because it makes it extremely difficult for the kosher media to scold Trump for isolating the United States internationally.

  8. It is time for all nations united against apartheid to say “good riddence to the the USA. Who needs a friend? One which puts apartheid aggression before humanitarian truths. This move, this resignation of the USA from UNESCO, should be applauded by all who are concerned with human rights, respect, and protection for all indigenous peoples. Remember the once indigenous American Indians, the lost tribes in Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, Africa and so many more. Can we leave the fate of the Palestinians in the hands of the USA and Israel?
    This declaration made by the USA, tells all who don’t already know who pulls the strings in Washington that Israel is boss. F… the boss.

  9. Well, the world is saying thanks for getting out, good riddance and now buzz off. Thanks to Donald Trumpet and his abrasive personality as well as lack of diplomacy and the lack of consideration of the repercussions of his ill conceived actions, the US keeps getting isolated further and further by the day as result of alienating friends and foes alike.

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