U.S. Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization headquarters in Paris. The State Department cited “the need for fundamental reform” at Unesco as among the reasons the United States was withdrawing.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, after years of America distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias.”

“This decision was not taken lightly,” according to a State Department statement on Thursday. Along with the anti-Israel bias, the department also cited “the need for…

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