The U.S. on Thursday announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing it of “continuing anti-Israel bias.”
UNESCO is the first UN agency to have admitted Palestine as a full member in 2011.
As required by law, the U.S. has stopped funding UNESCO since then.
Effective from: The U.S. withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018. Until then, it will remain a full member. Israel has also decided to pull out of UNESCO, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.