The US ambassador to the United Nations says the "extreme politicization" of UNESCO—the UN's cultural, education and scientific agency—has become "a chronic embarrassment."
Nikki Haley called the agency's designation of Hebron's Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian territory the latest of many "foolish actions" that led to the United States' decision to pull out of UNESCO.
Haley says the US's view from 1984 when President Ronald Reagan also withdrew from UNESCO holds true today: "US taxpayers should no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our values and make a mockery of justice and common sense."
She said: "The United States will continue to evaluate all agencies within the United Nations system through the same lens."
In addition to the actions in Hebron, Haley singled out "keeping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad on a UNESCO human rights committee even after his murderous crackdown on peaceful protesters."