The USA and Israel quit UNESCO

The USA and Israel quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The two countries pulled out on New Year's Eve. It is the second time the U.S. has pulled out of UNESCO. It quit in 1984 for seven years over relations with the Soviet Union. The USA and Israel say UNESCO is biased against Israel. The USA said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies."

The U.S. co-founded UNESCO after World War II to build peace. It is famous for its World Heritage program. This protects cultural sites and traditions. It improves education for girls, promotes understanding of the Holocaust, and defends the press. The U.S. will follow UNESCO as a non-member state. Israel said it, "will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against us".