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Protesting Anti-Israel Bias, US Plans Withdrawal from UNESCO

UNESCO - like its parent body, the United Nations - has long taken an anti-Israel stance. But now that stance may come back to haunt the U.N.'s cultural arm. The Jerusalem Post reports that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO - which is struggling because of regional rivalries and a lack of funding - because of its anti-Israel bias:

Three diplomats said the United States - which canceled its substantial budget contribution to UNESCO in 2011 in protest at a decision to grant the Palestinians full membership - would announce its decision in the coming days.

"It's not formal yet, but it's true," said a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A representative of the US delegation to UNESCO referred Reuters to the State Department. UNESCO declined to comment.

Foreign Policy magazine reported earlier on Thursday that Washington would formally withdraw after the 58-member UNESCO Executive Board selects its new director general on Friday.

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

Tags: United Nations , US-Israel Relations

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