The Trump administration announced this past week that the US will withdraw from UNESCO, the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural body. UNESCO designates World Heritage sites but has become anti-Semitic in its decisions. In recent months, UNESCO members pushed to recognize Jerusalem as a holy site exclusive to Muslims, without recognizing its Jewish roots.
On the heels of the USA announcement to withdraw from UNESCO, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu also announced that Israel would also withdraw over the organization’s anti-Israeli bias.
Earlier this year, UNESCO declared the ancient city of Hebron, King David’s first capital and home to the tomb of the biblical patriarchs, an endangered Palestinian heritage site. Last year, UNESCO passed resolutions declaring that Israel has no rights to Jerusalem, and described the Temple Mount and Old City of Jerusalem as Muslim holy sites.