On the 12th of October, in an announcement that went out with little fanfare, the U.S. Department of State declared to the United Nations that they were pulling out of the UNESCO treaty.
This withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which won’t take place until the end of next year, is planned because of “U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
UNESCO’s stated purpose is to “contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations” on cultural and other basses. However, the organization has recently taken a lot of flak do to its resolutions that seem to promote division rather than peace, especially concerning Israel. For instance, last year the body adopted a resolution regarding Israel’s holy sites, describing “the Temple Mount and its Western Wall as a purely Muslim religious site,” despite its recognition as the holiest site of the Jewish religion.
UNESCO has also been a source of controversy in Texas as well, where the San Antonio mission system (including the Alamo) has been accepted as a World Heritage Site. Since the Texas General Land Office …
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