Pro-Israel Groups, Parents Condemn New ‘Anti-Semitic’ Ethnic-studies High School Curriculum Under Proposal by California Department of Education

Supporters of the ‘BDS’ movement protest outside the venue where the 2019 Eurovision song contest final is about to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 18, 2019. (Reuters)

Hostility toward Israel and its supporters across college campuses throughout the United States and beyond—well-documented for years—has been the focus of pro-Israel groups. Now the anti-Israel movement may be officially trickling down into the high school system of the largest state in America.

A new ethnic-studies curriculum under proposal by the California Department of Education is being widely condemned by pro-Israel and Jewish groups, California lawmakers and activists for its “blatant bias against Israel.”

“The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum is deeply troubling—not only for its shocking omission of any mention of Jewish-Americans or anti-Semitism or its blatant anti-Israel bias and praise of BDS [the boycott, divest and sanctions movement] but for its clear attempt to politically indoctrinate students to adopt the view that Israel and its Jewish supporters are part of ‘interlocking systems of oppression and privilege’ that must be fought with ‘direct action’ and ‘resistance,'” Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder and director of the California-based AMCHA Initiative, told JNS.

“We have concerns that include the curriculum’s omission both of Jews as an ethnic group and of anti-Semitism as a concept. The curriculum should reflect the true diversity of California’s population,” Jeremy Russell, director of marketing and communications at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of San Francisco, told the news agency.

“We are also concerned by the curriculum’s inclusion of the divisive BDS movement, which is inconsistent with the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Guidelines to ‘create space for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality or citizenship, to learn different perspectives,'” he added.

Russell said that the JCRC, as part of a coalition headed by the Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California, has “communicated these and other serious concerns to the Instructional Quality Commission of the Department of Education of California.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News