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 +Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation UNESCO, after US officials cited "​anti-Israel bias".
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 +Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US [[http://​Www.Surfeco21.com/?​p=1521|decision]] as "brave and moral",​ a statement said.
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 +The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.
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 +UNESCO head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of "​profound regret"​.
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 +She admitted however that "​politicisation"​ had "taken its toll" on the organisation in recent years.
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 +The [[http://​www.Nytimes.com/​topic/​destination/​nigeria|withdrawal represented]] a loss to the "UN family"​ and to multilateralism,​ Ms Bokova added.
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 +The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 - until then, the US will remain a full member.
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 +The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation,​ the state department said.
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 +As well as accusing Unesco of bias, the US state department said it was also concerned about mounting financial arrears at the agency and said it should be reformed.
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 +The decision follows a string of Unesco decisions that have drawn criticism from the US and Israel.
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 +In 2011 the US cut much of its funding to the agency in protest at its decision to grant full membership to the Palestinians.
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 +And last year, Israel suspended co-operation with Unesco after the agency adopted a controversial resolution which made no reference to Jewish ties to a key holy site in Jerusalem.
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 +The resolution also criticised Israel’s activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
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 +Then earlier this year, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Unesco for declaring the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site.
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 +He accused Unesco of ignoring Judaism’s [[http://​www.yohaig.ng/​category/​nigerian-newspapers/​guardian-newspaper/​|ancient connection]] to the city, which includes the crypt where its matriarchs and patriarchs are buried.
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 +US President Donald Trump has criticised what he sees as a disproportionate contribution by the US to UN [[http://​travel.Nationalgeographic.com/​travel/​countries/​nigeria-guide/​|institutions]]. The US funds 22% of the UN’s regular budget and 28% of UN peacekeeping.
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 +The US was a [[https://​Www.Britannica.com/​place/​Nigeria|founding]] member of UNESCO.[[https://​www.Theguardian.com/​world/​nigeria|theguardian.com]][[http://​www.yohaig.ng/​recommends/​sports-betting/​bet9ja/​|yohaig.ng]]</​a>​ The Reagan administration withdrew from the organisation in 1984 - accusing the agency of corruption and an ideological bias towards the then Soviet Union - but the US rejoined in 2002.