AIPAC Statement on U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO
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Oct. 12, 2017
AIPAC Statement on U.S. 
Withdrawal From UNESCO

AIPAC applauds the administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). For years, UNESCO has betrayed its original laudatory mission—to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture—and chosen instead to unfairly target the Middle East’s lone democracy, Israel. For example, last year the organization adopted a resolution outrageously attempting to undermine historic Jewish and Christian ties to the Old City of Jerusalem. 

By adopting such a one-sided animus toward the Jewish state, UNESCO undermines efforts to seek a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving support to forces in the Palestinian community that reject reconciliation. America previously withheld funds from UNESCO when the organization admitted Palestine as a member, thereby circumventing the peace process.

We appreciate that the United States has taken a stand against efforts to delegitimize and isolate our ally, Israel. We hope that UNESCO will respond to this action by changing course and stopping its unconscionable bias against Israel.