Crikey Worm

Oct 13, 2017

Crikey Worm: US splits with UNESCO, claiming ‘anti-Israel bias’

Good morning, early birds. The US has announced it's leaving the UN's heritage agency, and Australians' private health insurance system is getting a facelift. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist


The United States will withdraw from the UN's heritage agency UNESCO, citing the organisation's "anti-Israeli bias" and troubled financial position. In a statement, the US State Department said the decision had not been taken lightly and that the US would stay on as a non-member observer state.

The news was shortly followed by an announcement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his state would also be splitting from the agency.

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