Anti-Israel ‘lessons’ in American classrooms
by Charles Jacobs, jpost.com, Jan. 7, 2014
Can anti-Israelism, which is the new form of anti-Semitism, lead back to the older types?
…..A few hours of simple Googling fetches dozens of examples around the country. But starting here in Newton, Massachusetts, a leafy, heavily Jewish Boston suburb, I have seen the phenomenon up close and personal. Students in Newton were taught that Jews in Israel murder Palestinian women in jails. That “lesson” comes from the Arab World Studies Notebook, a work funded by the Saudis and condemned as propaganda by the American Jewish Committee.
When concerned parents and tax-payers asked Newton’s school committee (also heavily Jewish) to remove the text, they resisted for more than a year, defending the text as providing the “Arab point of view.” After a year of protest the school superintendent relented, explaining he was removing the text because it was “outdated.”…..