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Why is the US withdrawing from UNESCO? [Copy link] 中文

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The US State Department recently announced its intention to withdraw from the UN’s cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.

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

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, added that the organisation’s “extreme politicisation” has become “a chronic embarrassment”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled his approval, tweeting: “I welcome @realDonaldTrump’s decision to withdraw from Unesco ... I have instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from Unesco in parallel with the United States.”

But the decision to withdraw from Unesco may also have been a financial one: the US owed more than $500m in arrears to the organisation and was at risk of losing it voting rights, according to Unesco documents. Is the withdrawal motivated by a desire to save money or political reasons?

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Shame on the U.S.A. for withdrawing. And Israel for following suit.

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HailChina! Post time: 2017-10-13 11:22
USA and Israel should withdraw from the antisemitic UN all together. Palestine is not a state plus i ...



Yes, UNESCO has become a club of like-minded airheads with a strong anti-Israel agenda but by quitting Israel will open itself up to more broadsides of flak and it won't be able to stand up for itself.

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HailChina! Post time: 2017-10-13 18:47
Israel can always stand up for itself one way or another. PPlus Israel is not alone - they have ma ...

It's good to know you would defend Isfrael. It actually SURPRISES me. Good on you!

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What do expect from a pig but a grunt? Anything life-ustaining\culturally enriching does not dovetail with the one US talent-killing.

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