Last week the United States announced it will withdraw from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) because of “mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias”.

Shortly after the US announcement, Israel issued a statement that it would also leave the UN body, saying UNESCO had “become a theatre of absurd. Instead of preserving history, it distorts it.”

UNESCO has had a long history of anti-Israel bias and anti-democratic politicisation of its stated mission to coordinate international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.

UN Watch director, Hillel Neuer, explained some of the reasons the US withdrew from the organisation…

To read the Israel Institute of NZ’s run-down go to

To read the Algemeiner’s article about US and Israel leaving UNESCO go to