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The U.S. Is Withdrawing From The U.N.'s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

At a Thursday news briefing, the United States announced it will be leaving the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). A spokeswoman for the State Department said the departure was due to what the Trump administration perceives as anti-Israel bias. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to leave the agency, too.

UNESCO works to improve education for girls, educate the world about the horrors of the Holocaust, and support the freedom of media. The organization is also known for its World Heritage program that offers protection to cultural sites and traditions.

This is not the first time the U.S. has pulled out of UNESCO. During Ronald Reagan's presidency, the U.S. left the agency, citing what it saw as mismanagement, corruption, and advancing Soviet interests. In 2003, under George W. Bush, the U.S. rejoined.