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San Fran school district directs teachers to use resources condemning ‘Israeli terrorism’

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According to memos obtained by a parental-rights watchdog group and shared exclusively with with National Review, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) administrators are instructing high-school teachers to teach that Israelis are terrorists.

“Israeli terrorism has been significantly worse than that of the Palestinians,” a so-called educational resource the district wants taught argues.

The memos were sent to social-studies and ethnic-studies departments, and discovered by Parents Defending Education. The district gave “resources” to help lead classroom discussions on “war, terrorism, colonization, and seeking peace.”

The first of the listed resources, Teach Mideast, promotes multiple anti-Zionist articles and viewpoints, including an article published by Jerome Slater at the Middle East Policy Council. In the article, Slater blames Israel for Hamas violence and speculates that failed Palestinian resistance efforts have made Palestinian terrorism a last resort.

“While all terrorism is morally wrong, it is still possible and perhaps necessary to make some distinctions. There can be degrees of moral wrong; we commonly make such distinctions and consider mitigating circumstances, especially between moral wrongs committed in pursuit of just causes and the double moral wrong of injustices done for unjust causes,” Slater wrote in the resource provided to teachers. “For several reasons, Israeli terrorism has been morally worse than that of the Palestinians.”

SFUSD also asked teachers to consider how they might “educate in hopes of a truly just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine” and to ask students “how has the decades long conflict between Israel and Palestine taken shape over time to this current conflagration?”

Teach Mideast is run by the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington, D.C., think-tank that in 2007 accepted funding from Saudi Arabia.

Another teaching resource is a video titled, “Challenging Antisemitism from a Framework of Collective Liberation,” that seeks to “disentangle the false conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”

“The need for educational resources on antisemitism within a pedagogic framework of collective liberation is particularly important for this moment–as rising white nationalist violence targets many of our communities, including Jews, Muslims, Black people, immigrant communities, trans and queer people, among others, and as false charges of antisemitism are directed at seekers of Palestinian justice,” the video’s description reads.

At the bottom of the memo to ethnic-studies teachers, the department’s supervisor, Nikhil Laud notified teachers of an event that would offer a “space for healing and reflection, specifically for Ethnic Studies teachers,” that was held after school on October 18. Also on October 18, SFUSD students staged a walk-out in support of Palestinian “resistance” and called for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Hillary Ronen, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, supported students’ pro-Palestinian protest and said she would not stay quiet as she “watches the Israeli military commit genocide in our name.”

 

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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