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Israel formally notifies UNESCO about withdrawal

The decision is coming into force on Dec. 31, 2018
10:39, 30 December 2017

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Israel has formally informed the UNESCO about withdrawing from the organzation, as UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a statement Friday, as Deutsche Welle reports. 

"UNESCO, led by Arab states, has broken records of hypocrisy, incitement and lies against Israel and the Jewish people, while polluting its noble basic values with politicization and diplomatic terror that sometimes bordered on anti-Semitism," the Haaretz newspaper quoted Shama-Hacohen as saying on Thursday.

Israel has long accused the UN body of being biased against the Jewish state, and since the United States allegedly left the organization based on the same claim, the country felt it was a “moral duty” to do the same.

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