Netanyahu Skips UNESCO Event Citing ‘Egregious Bias Against Israel’

Likud Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP

The Times of Israel reports: NEW YORK — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday harshly criticized UNESCO, shunning an event organized by the organization, and making it plain that Israel will not reconsider last year’s decision to withdraw from it.

Netanyahu, who is currently in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, was invited to participate in a UNESCO-sponsored event on anti-Semitism. He initially considered attending and meeting UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay there, but eventually decided to boycott the event.

“While I commend all efforts to combat anti-Semitism, I have decided not to participate in this week’s UNESCO conference on anti-Semitism due to the organization’s persistent and egregious bias against Israel,” he said in a statement.

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