US pulls out of UNESCO after accusing it of ‘anti-Israel’ bias


Published: 2017-10-12 17:10

Last Updated: 2024-05-27 14:11

UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

The United States has announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday, after accusing it of ‘anti-Israel’ bias, according to the BBC.

US President Donald Trump’s administration revealed its plans to withdraw from the agency over its bias against Israel. The US decision is further linked to the administration’s intention to cut funds to UNESCO, which owes the US around $500 million.

UNESCO had declared the Old City in Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site in July, a move that triggered a renewed Israeli-Palestinian spat at the international body. Israel reacted to the agency’s decision by preventing all UNESCO researchers from visiting Hebron.

This is the second time the US has withdrawn from UNESCO; in 1984, former President Ronald Reagan quit the agency, before former President George. W. Bush rejoined it two decades later.