Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley isn’t done criticizing the U.N. From her new Twitter account, Haley called out UNESCO for being one of the “most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies.”
UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official. #USStrong❤️🇺🇸
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 2, 2019
“UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official,” she wrote.
Based in Paris, France, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded in 1945 and supports educational and cultural projects “to help people live as global citizens free of hate and tolerance,” according to their webpage.
However, The Associated Press reported that “at the stroke of midnight,” both the United States and Israel were out of the organization, citing anti-Israeli bias.
The withdrawal process began more than a year ago in October 2017, but the beginning of 2019 made the exit official.
Critics of the organization have joined in claims of anti-Israel bias. They have cited things such as “criticizing Israel’s occupation of east Jerusalem, naming ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites and granting full membership to Palestine in 2011.”
After Palestine was voted in as a member state, both Israel and the U.S. stopped paying dues. Since then, the unpaid dues have amassed into staggering numbers, with $600 million unpaid by the U.S. and $10 million unpaid by Israel. The United States’ dues accounted for approximately 22 percent of the organization’s budget.
Israeli U.N. envoy Danny Danson said, “UNESCO is a body that continually rewrites history, including by erasing the Jewish connection to Jerusalem,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
Haley had previously blasted the U.N. for a wide spectrum of issues. As the U.S. ambassador, she was unafraid to call the organization out.
Now, as she is leaving her role, she has continued that trend. On social media, she must now do so from a different Twitter account “Due to State Dept rules that were changed by the outgoing administration.”
Due to State Dept rules that were changed by the outgoing administration, I have had to clear my personal Twitter account that I have had for years. The followers, the history, the pictures, and all other content. Please refollow and retweet this to your friends. Here’s to 2019!
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 1, 2019
NBC News wrote that the forced move cost Haley more than 1.6 million followers. But following her announcement, she quickly picked up over 217,000 followers on her new account.
Her work as an ambassador has been appreciated by many. On Twitter, Michael Dickson, the executive director of Stand with Us Israel, thanked her publicly for her efforts.
I had the pleasure to meet @NikkiHaley in Jerusalem & present letters from many 1000s of people thanking her for supporting Israel. As she leaves the UN, she will continue to loom large on the world stage. Due to State Dept rules her Twitter followers get deleted so refollow her! pic.twitter.com/4vN6FIz551
— Michael Dickson (@michaeldickson) January 2, 2019
There has been speculation about what her future plans involve, but Haley has made one thing clear: She will continue to be an outspoken force against the corruption she sees within the United Nations.
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