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UNESCO launches Holocaust education website

UNESCO'S Director-General Audrey Azoulay delivers a speech during the presentation of the website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism at the UNESCO headquartered in Paris, France, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The UN's culture and education agency is teaming up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)at the UNECO| headquartered in Paris, France, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. culture and education agency has teamed up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and WJC President Ronald Lauder unveiled the interactive “Facts about the Holocaust ” site at the cultural agency’s Paris headquarters on Monday.

It features a trove of historical information about the Holocaust, including testimonies and it is linked to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Online Holocaust Encyclopedia .

The new site has been conceived to combat what UNESCO calls “increased hate and disinformation online” on Jewish issues. It comes five months after the organization launched the U.N.’s first educational guidelines on fighting anti-Semitism.

The pro-Jewish initiatives inside UNESCO come as Israel prepares its withdrawal from the agency amid accusations that it fosters anti-Jewish bias.

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