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israel to join us in quitting unesco

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israel to join us in quitting unesco

image copyrightafpimage caption a 2016 unesco resolution criticised israel's activities at holy places in jerusalem and the occupied west bank israel has said it will join the us in pulling out of the un's cultural organisation unesco, after us officials cited "anti-israel bias".israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu praised the us decision as "brave and moral", a statement said.the agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as syria's palmyra and the us grand canyon.unesco head irina bokova earlier called the us withdrawal a matter of "profound regret".she admitted, however, that "politicisation" had "taken its toll" on the organisation in recent years.the withdrawal represented a loss to the "un family" and to multilateralism, ms bokova added.the us withdrawal will become effective at the end of december 2018 - until then, the us will remain a full member. the us will establish an observer mission at the paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said.by jonathan marcus, bbc diplomatic correspondentunesco is an easy target for us president donald trump - it is a multilateral body with educational and developmental goals like promoting sex education, literacy and equality for women. the us withdrawal will be seen by many as a manifestation of mr trump's "america first" approach and his across-the-board hostility to multilateral organisations; the irony being that unesco is part of the international...