Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Wednesday that Israel will indeed be withdrawing from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), skipping an event sponsored by the organization on the topic of antisemitism.
Netanyahu, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, said that “while I commend all efforts to combat antisemitism, I have decided not to participate in this week’s UNESCO conference on antisemitism due to the organization’s persistent and egregious bias against Israel.”
In a statement, he said, “since 2009, UNESCO has passed 71 resolutions condemning Israel and only two resolutions condemning all other countries combined. This is simply outrageous.”
“The mark of antisemitism was once singling out the Jewish people for slander and condemnation,” he continued. “The mark of antisemitism today is singling out the Jewish state for slander and condemnation.”