ISRAEL WILL WITHDRAW from the UN’s cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today.
“The prime minister instructed the foreign ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organisation alongside the United States,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.
Netanyahu “welcomes the decision by President (Donald) Trump to withdraw from UNESCO. This is a courageous and moral decision because UNESCO has become the theatre of the absurd and because instead of preserving history it distorts it”.
The premier’s decision came hours after the US State Department said the United States would pull out from the UN body, in part due to “continuing anti-Israel bias”.
Although there are five months to go before Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi hits the cinemas, it is worth visiting the filming locations, found in various countries around the world. From Bolivia and Croatia to the USA and Ireland, all of these countries are charming, magnificent and make worthy holiday destinations for any Star Wars buff. It is time for you to sit back and relax and imagine yourself in the Star Wars world by watching the official teaser trailer below. Do any of the locations sound familiar to you?
1. Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia
You might notice from the trailer that the world’s largest salt flat is one of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia, is used to depict planet Crait and a former Rebel Alliance base.
Skellig Michael served as the backdrop for the iconic ending scene in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and appears again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’
A trailer released Monday evening for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has confirmed what fans have been hoping for since the release of The Force Awakens: Luke Skywalker is training Rey to be a jedi (cue millions of people geeking out everywhere). The film opens December 15, but there’s another way Star Wars fans can delve into Rey’s intergalactic journey—by visiting Skellig Michael, the Irish island where Rey and Luke’s meeting was filmed. A wilderness and nature preserve off the coast of Western Ireland (near county Kerry), Skellig Michael offers eco and landing tours that let visitors explore the rugged terrain—part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you will definitely recognize this view. The final scene of the movie was filmed on an island so beautiful I wondered if it was a real place. Were these dramatic views and steep stone pathways just CGI and movie magic?
I was thrilled to discover Skellig Michael is a real place — and you can go there. And it looks exactly like it does in the movie.
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Skellig Michael is a tiny, remote island located 7 miles off the western coast of Ireland.
The first inhabitants of the island were Christian monks in the year 600. They lived on this rugged island in complete isolation from the mainland. The monks built the stone staircase leading to peak of the island where they lived in beehive-shaped huts.
Demand for access to the 6th century monastic site has been unprecedented since filming took place for Star Wars.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) may extend the visitor season to Skellig Michael, the UNESCO world heritage site off the coast of Kerry. The island is currently open from May to October each year, and will close to visitors today.
The review is to get underway immediately and represents a change of heart by the OPW – an extension to the season was firmly ruled out as recently as August.
The Skellig closes to visitors on Tuesday, October 3rd, after a fundraising event that allows the island’s boatmen to operate a special landing for charities.
Demand for access to the 6th century monastic site has been unprecedented since scenes were filmed on top of the Skellig for the latest Star Wars movies.
Minister of State rejects calls to extend island’s visitor season due to ‘Star Wars’ demand.
Calls to extend the visitor season and number of boats operating to Skellig Michael, the Unesco World Heritage site off the coast of Co Kerry, to cater for increased demand after global exposure on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have been firmly ruled out by Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Kevin Moran.
Visitor numbers are to be “robustly controlled”, Mr Moran has written to local councillor Michael Cahill, who had been lobbying for an extension at either end of the season on behalf of Skellig boatmen.
The current management plan for the delicate site says just over 11,000 visitors per season are sustainable – however, the past two years have seen far more than that number.