U.S., ISRAEL TO EXIT UNESCO OVER ALLEGED BIAS
The United States announced Thursday that it is pulling out of the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for “fundamental reform” in the agency.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to follow suit.
While the Trump administration had been preparing for a likely withdrawal from UNESCO, the timing of the statement was unexpected.
The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office.
Lorna Fraguada, who has no running water or power in her home, washes clothes in the Espíritu Santo river.