Thank you for carefully covering another example of how organized pro-zionist organizations respond to anything that opposes Israel’s unassailability. Many other agencies have misreported this story and did not provide this level of analysis.
As a jew in the district this silencing is very concerning. I’m aggravated that in Israel there is greater openness to discussion about Palestinian rights than here in the US. I feel stifled by BDS(really free-speech) suppression laws, Jewish organizations’ automatic defense of Israel (assailing the livelihood of many who criticize), and personally face being maligned for speaking out against the injustices perpetrated by the israeli government with the total support of my tax dollars.
The strategy the Israel defenders use is to conflate anti-zionism with antisemitism, criticism of inequities within israel with questioning its right to exist, and open discussion about second class conditions for marginalized groups with challenging israeli legitimacy. And from what I observe those who defend Israel’s actions without question, tend to take issue with the language their critics use and not the substance of the injustices that Palestinians face.
From my observation public of schools, Hebrew courses and extra-curricular israeli clubs typically have unquestioned Israeli propaganda masquerading as cultural education. There is little balance and if Arabic language programs or student groups came even close to what happens in Jewish spaces there would be calls for banning these. Shutting down discussion out of fear leads to resentment and feeds anti-semitic lie of jewish aspirations to control.
Lastly, do Muslims and students of color feel supported in the district? Maybe there is a need for teachers to be exposed to other views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I certainly do not believe that these stalwarts for Israel could articulate a human-centered justice perspective. I also hope that the administration is standing for all marginalized students and teachers when they are targeted in this culture of “secondary” telling, right-wing violence, and our culture of little compassion for suffering. I hope that Jews and our district will choose the right side of history and stand for human rights, which helps Jews, Palestinians, and all people.
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