California educators hate Israel and it shows in their new curriculum, say critics

By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) While Democrats and their pundits accuse President Donald Trump of racism and bigotry, there is a growing anti-Semitism on the Left that the media is studiously avoiding and, thus, enabling.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday, educators in the one-party state of California are adopting a new primary school curriculum that critics have decried as blatantly anti-Jewish and anti-Israel:

The California Department of Education is facing backlash after permitting a host of anti-Israel activists to build a statewide educational curriculum that demonizes the Jewish state and is said to be fostering hatred of Jewish and Israeli-American students, sources said.

Already, 83 pro-Israel and anti-discrimination organizations have petitioned the state’s education department to reform its Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) to remove multiple instances of what they say is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias.

Multiple sources involved in the fight have described to the Washington Free Beacon anti-Semitic courses that they say are fostering an unsafe environment for Jewish and Israeli-American students. Further information obtained by the Free Beacon reveals that several of the educators involved in pushing the new curriculum have a history of anti-Israel activism that has often spilled into anti-Semitic territory.

“We are aware that many individuals and groups affiliated with the Jewish community have already written to you about the ESMC’s shocking omission of information about American Jews and anti-Semitism, its use of classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, and its blatant anti-Israel bias,” wrote a coalition of 83 pro-Israel organizations led by the AMCHA Initiative, a watchdog group that combats anti-Semitism in America, in a letter to the state Education Department.



“This includes the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, who wrote to you that they ‘cannot support a curriculum that erases the American Jewish experience, fails to discuss anti-Semitism, reinforces negative stereotypes about Jews, singles out Israel for criticism and would institutionalize the teaching of anti-Semitic stereotypes in our public schools,'” the letter said.

The California curriculum shift comes as the Democrat Party faces increased criticism over anti-Semitic comments and statements made by a growing number of lawmakers and potential members of Congress.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was caught up in controversy recently after tweeting an anti-Semitic article, is running for Congress in New Mexico as a Democrat, meaning she would join an already growing anti-Semitic faction in her party should she win.

Plame resigned from the Ploughshares Fund board in 2017 after tweeting an article titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” in which author Philip Giraldi hinted certain American Jews should be given a label when appearing on television “kind-of-like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison.”

That’s exactly what actor Mel Gibson said when he was arrested, drunk, in 2006: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!” according to the 2006 arrest report; he was chastised and banished by Hollywood’s Jewish producers for making a drunken anti-Semitic remark.

As for California, critics said the curriculum is being developed by educators who have expressed anti-Semitic, anti-Israel sentiments in the past.

“The anti-Jewish, anti-Israel bias of the proposed ESMC curriculum—including its implicit portrayal of Jews and Israel as part of ‘interlocking systems of oppression and privilege’ and its endorsement of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement as a form of ‘direct action’ or ‘resistance’ that students are encouraged to engage in—clearly exposes the politically motivated and directed nature of the curriculum and its drafters,” the organizations noted in their letter.

“Not surprisingly, more than one-quarter of the Model Curriculum Advisory Committee members, appointed by the State Board of Education to draft the ESMC, have publicly expressed animus towards Israel and its supporters, with some members openly supporting BDS,” the letter continues.

“There is no doubt that these committee members have unconscionably used the state-mandated curriculum as a tool for politically indoctrinating California’s high school students with anti-Israel propaganda and encouraging them to engage in political activism against the Jewish state.”

The Beacon provided details on some of the committee members involved in the curriculum development, noting their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic criticism:

One member, Samia Shoman, is a Palestinian-American who teaches in the San Mateo Union High District. Her lesson plans on Palestinian history have been featured as a teaching tool by the Qatar Foundation International, a group tied to the nation and its efforts to proliferate boycotts of Israel. Shoman is also a pro-Palestinian activist on Twitter.

Another committee member, Gaye Theresa Johnson, an associate professor at UCLA college of social sciences, also has supported pro-Palestinian causes on Twitter, including retweets from pro-Iran individuals who have deemed Tehran as the victim in the ongoing nuclear standoff with the United States.

A third committee member, Theresa Montaño, a professor at California State University, Northridge, has publicly supported the BDS movement and advocates for Israeli scholars to be boycotted in the United States. Montaño also signed a 2009 letter to then-president Barack Obama that was organized by one of the globe’s most prominent BDS organizations.

“This is an attempt to make anti-Semitism institutional,” Masha Merkulova, founder and executive director of Club Z, a Bay Area organization that fosters a commitment to Israel, told the news site. “This is what the kids are going to learn as part of normal things they learn.”


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