This is most welcome and long overdue. Next step: withdraw from the UN entirely and kick it out of New York. UNESCO (like the UN as a whole) is simply a tool of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Last year it passed a resolution declaring the Temple Mount Muslim, not Jewish. It renamed the Western Wall “Al-Buraq Plaza.” And those were just two of its ridiculous moves, defying history, reason, and any fair treatment of Israel.
This is a good step. Now, Mr. President, take the next one.
“U.S. withdraws from UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural organization, citing anti-Israel bias,” by Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, October 12, 2017 (thanks to Paul):
The United States plans to withdraw from UNESCO, citing financial reasons, as well as what it said was an anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, cultural and science organization.
The decision to withdraw from UNESCO, which the United States helped found, was announced Thursday morning by the State Department, which said the United States would remain involved as a nonmember observer. It will take effect at the end of 2018.
It marks yet another decision by the United States to distance itself from some parts of the international community.
Some of the United States’s closest allies are among UNESCO’s 195 members. France’s U.N. ambassador, Francois Delattre, had urged the United States to remain in UNESCO this week, saying the United States “must stay committed to world affairs.”…
But the United States has at times had an ambivalent relationship with the Paris-based organization. The government stopped paying its dues in 2011 after UNESCO voted to include the Palestinian Authority as a member.
And senior Trump administration officials — including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley — have been critical of the organization….