A pro-Israel advocate is praising the Trump administration for officially pulling out of a United Nations agency that is virulently anti-Israel.
On New Year's Day, the United States joined Israel in officially quitting the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.
Nikki Haley, who is stepping down as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called UNESCO "among the most corrupt and politically biased" agencies within the UN, which itself has a reputation for rampant corruption and lack of oversight despite its stated purpose.
"Today," Haley wrote via Twitter, "the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official."
The withdrawal is not a surprise: the Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017, and the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed suit.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, is familiar with the UN after serving as a special envoy for the World Council of Independent Churches. She tells OneNewsNow it's no surprise to see the U.S. take action.
"But it was great to see that the former ambassador decided to send a tweet out to condemn UNESCO and call them out again," she observes, "and, God willing, more governments like the United States will also pull funding."
One of the most egregious actions by UNESCO, says Cardoza-Moore, involved the renaming of historic Jewish and Christian sites with Arab names.
"And this of course is a huge problem because they're basically rewriting history," she complains. "This is revisionist history at its worst."
UNESCO members voted for a resolution last year on "Occupied Palestine" that nakedly claimed Israel --- the "occuping power" --- has no legal and historical rights to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported last year.
The vote was cast on the same day Israel celebrated its annual Independence Day. Immediately after the vote, Israel's UNESCO ambassador, draped in the Israeli flag, told the assembly that the Israeli flag is "flying high" above the Temple Mount proclaiming to all that Israel is "here to stay."