Israel to quit UNESCO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, to officially submit a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay announcing Israel’s withdrawal from the body, effective from the end of 2018. The State Department earlier gave notice of its departure from the organization by 2019 due to its anti-Israel bias. Continuing a long record of anti-Israel resolutions, UNESCO this year declared Hebron an “endangered Palestinian heritage site” and Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem “Muslim holy sites.”

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