Jewish Lawmakers Decry Proposed Antisemitic California Curriculum

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California legislators and Jewish activists are condemning a California school curriculum they say is blatantly antisemitic.

The curriculum is highly critical of Israel, lionizes Palestinians, and praises the BDS movement. It also includes stereotypes of Jews like a conspiracy to control the media. One song in the curriculum includes the lyrics “I love you, Free Palestine.” 

The ethnic studies curriculum will become mandatory for California school students in 2024, JNS reports.

“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, 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.

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