Responding to ongoing bias against the Jewish state, Israel is cutting funding to the UN and redirecting the money to international assistance programs.
Israel announced on Wednesday the slashing of $2 million from funding to the United Nations in the wake of its Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) adoption of four anti-Israel resolutions last Friday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, instructed the Foreign Ministry to implement the cut and redirect the funds to the expansion of international assistance programs.
The UNHRC has consistently denounced Israeli policy, while ignoring other countries’ profound human rights violations. Israeli leaders and officials have cited the UNHRC for its “obsessive hostility” toward Israel and “one-sided mandate.”
“This decision is part of Israel’s campaign, together with its friends, and especially the US, to correct the obsessive discrimination against Israel at the UN and its agencies,” stated Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
British officials put the UNHRC “on notice” Friday after it passed the four resolutions condemning Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians and calling on the Jewish state to return control of the Golan Heights to Syria.
The Trump administration has also threatened to pull out of the UNHRC if it continues its anti-Israel bias. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said a number of times that the US will stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias, stressing “ironclad support for Israel.”
This was not the first time Jerusalem has announced a cut in UN funding. In January, officials said that about $6 million would be suspended as an “act of protest” against a recent Security Council vote that condemned an Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria.
“It is unreasonable for Israel to fund bodies that operate against us at the UN,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated at the time. “We seek to stop the practice where the UN is used solely as a forum for unending attacks against Israel.”
By: World Israel News Staff