Israel to leave UNESCO over ‘systematic attacks’ from the body
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Israel to leave UNESCO over ‘systematic attacks’ from the body

Jewish state will follow America's lead in departing the United Nations cultural body

A meeting of UNESCO
A meeting of UNESCO

Israel has announced it is leaving Unesco, citing the UN cultural agency’s “systematic attacks” on the Jewish state.

Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the decision was based on the organisation’s “attempts to disconnect Jewish history from the land of Israel”.

He said the official letter of departure will be submitted before the year’s end and that Israel will leave the organisation by the end of 2018.

Israel has long complained of perceived anti-Israel bias within the UN, where Israel and its allies are far outnumbered by Arab countries and their supporters.

The US withdrew from Unesco earlier this year, citing similar reasons.

Recent resolutions by the organisation outraged many Israelis who viewed them as diminishing the deep Jewish ties to Jerusalem and the biblical city of Hebron.

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