“In a groundbreaking New York Times op-ed, two prominent Reform rabbis describe the workings of a movement to demonize Israel now widely found in high school curricula across the nation”

Newton’s anti-Jewish curriculum scandal makes it to the pages of The New York Times
January 16, 2020

They identified the anti-Israel high school curriculum at Newton Public Schools as part of “a much bigger problem” across the country: “Anti-Israel activism has spread beyond the college campus and into the elementary and high school classroom,” they write. The rabbis caution: “A hateful obsession with Israel too often descends into hatred of Jews, even if it doesn’t start there.” For the past nine years, APT and fellow grass roots Jewish groups have fought to counter anti-Israel and anti-Semitic curricula in Newton Public Schools which is funded in part by Arab petro dollars. This, while Boston’s establishment Jewish groups — including the ADL, CJP, and JCRC — deny that the problem exists. READ MORE

NEW YORK TIMES Rabbis Ammiel Hirsch and Joshua Davidson: The Anti-Israel Craze Hits High School We are deeply worried about the effect that hatred of Israel has on students. We emphasized in our remarks that for centuries, anti-Semitism emerged from both the right and the left of the political spectrum. We described what far-right anti-Semitism looks like, but, since we are liberal rabbis, we spent most of our time discussing anti-Semitism among the left. It’s especially important for us to speak against hate in our own camp….To describe Zionism as racism, to deny Israel’s most basic right to exist, is anti-Semitic in effect, if not in intent.

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