GOP lawmakers are using recent attacks on Jews as an excuse to push anti-BDS, pro-Israel curriculum in public schools

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On January 9, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced H. Res. 782. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and David Kustoff (R-TN), would encourage “public schools to design and teach a curriculum about the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and the vital and historic importance of the Jewish State of Israel.” The bill also cites the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which it claims is spreading “rampant anti-Semitism” across college campuses.

The bill’s text, and the Representatives’ press releases, identify recent antisemitic attacks (such as the stabbing at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s New York home) as the motivation behind the act.

“From colleges to Congress to Hanukkah parties and synagogues, anti-Semitism is on the rise and on full display in many ugly forms,” reads Rep. Zeldin’s statement, “These violent anti-Semitic attacks are being caused by raw hate, feckless leadership, a culture of acceptance, and the promotion of anti-Semitism. I’m proud to come together with my colleagues to not only condemn these attacks, but introduce a resolution that will help rid our country of this poisonous anti-Semitism. A necessary ingredient in the pursuit of progress includes increased education, awareness and understanding of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the important existence of Israel.”

Budd’s move has already been praised by pro-Israel organizations, including the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).  “At a time of unprecedented attacks against and murders of innocent Jews and attacks against Synagogues and other Jewish institutions and the prevalence and promotion of false anti-Israel and Jew-hating Orwellian propaganda in the media, on our college campuses and even by public figures, the educational effort outlined by Rep. Budd  is vitally important and couldn’t be more timely,” said ZOA President Morton Klein.

Budd has consistently introduced pro-Israel legislation since joining congress in 2017. Last year, he introduced a bill that would redirect Palestinian aid money to the country’s “Iron Dome” program. He’s also called on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her support for the BDS movement.

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What a clever guy. He thinks that Jewish people in the US will be safer from violence by attacking free speech in the US and requiring students to take an entire course in Jewish history. What exactly does he thing the attitudes of middle or high school kids will be towards the requirement?

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Institutionalized racism targeting a movement that targets institutionalized racism.

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