Israel furious at UNESCO decision to back science chair at Islamic University of Gaza


Move represents endorsement of university, which trains Hamas engineers and bomb makers, Israeli officials say.

Relations between Israel and UNESCO have reached a new low following the organization’s inauguration of a Chair in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the Islamic University of Gaza, which Israel identifies with Hamas.

The Islamic University of Gaza

The inauguration, by UNESCO’s Secretary-General Irina Bokova, was made possible after the organization accepted Palestine as its 195th member, several months ago.

Palestine’s acceptance caused the United States to cut off its funding to the agency.

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