Israel halts $2 million payments to UNESCO

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November 3, 2011 15:25

 
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Israel halted its $2 million annual payment to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, on Thursday, in protest over its decision Monday to accept Palestine as its 195th member.

Earlier this week, the US and Canada also froze their UNESCO funding.

In a statement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, "Such steps [the UNESCO vote] distances peace, it doesn't advance it. The only path to peace is through the immediate resumption of negotiations without preconditions."

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