U.S. pulls out of UNESCO, alleges anti-Israel bias


If it does withdraw from UNESCO, the USA would remain as an observer state in meetings.

The U.S. has withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a State Department spokeswoman said Thursday.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti- Israel bias at UNESCO", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. In July, UN ambassador Nikki Haley condemned UNESCO for declaring the Tomb of the Patriarchs an endangered Palestinian world heritage site.

"The United States indicated", Nauert added, "its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO.to contribute USA views" on issues including "the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education". US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly made the decision, which allows America to remain as an observer state in the organization, a few weeks ago.

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

The United States had lost right to vote because it did not pay 80 million dollars, which is annual contribution to UNESCO.