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Israel to formally ask withdrawal from UNESCO


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday instructed Israel's special envoy to the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to formally announce its withdrawal from the organization, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

 

According to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Netanyahu asked Carmel Shama-Hacohen to submit an official letter of withdrawal by the end of the year

 

Israel's move came after the U.S. on Oct. 12 notified UNESCO, it would exit the group, citing "anti-Israel bias" and financial reasons.

 

In 2016, UNESCO officially adopted a resolution denying a Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

 

UNESCO was formed after World War II, aimed at improving the flow of information across cultures, and is known across the globe for its World Heritage program.

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