High schools are indoctrinating students against Israel and the Jewish people
In a significant article, Tablet magazine reports on a scandalous failure of leadership by the organized Jewish community in Boston. For almost a decade, Jewish leaders have ignored direct pleas by Newton parents and students to speak out against bias in Newton schools, while mostly shielding Newton school officials from criticism. Worse, these leaders have marginalized and defamed Jewish grassroots activists, who have been exposing the anti-Jewish indoctrination in Newton schools.
As the Tablet vividly illustrates, American Jewish leaders are failing their communities. For the past two decades, we have watched the leaders of the organized Jewish world trying to navigate the growing rift between their own political ideology and the interests of Jewish people. Clinging to a fading and idealized liberalism that once sustained Jewish values, they have failed to adjust to the new historical reality in which the liberalism of their youth has been hijacked by a radical progressivism hostile to Jews and Israel. These leaders have allowed their ideological passions to override their moral and fiduciary responsibilities to the community. Will the community’s donors hold these leaders accountable for their failures and conflicting loyalties?
Teaching High School Students to Demonize Israel
As a wave of anti-Israel hate spreads from elite college campuses to public high schools, some Massachusetts parents wanted to fight back. But they were not joined by the major Jewish organizations. What happened in Newton?
Shortly after Rosh Hashanah of 2011, Shiri Pagliuso, a Jewish ninth grader at the Newton South High School, came home with an awkward question for her father. She had learned some things about Israel in school, she said, and she wanted to know if they were true. For example, she asked if it was true that Israel was systematically torturing and killing Palestinian women.
Her father, Tony Pagliuso, pressed her for more information, so the young woman produced the handout she was given at school, titled the Arab World Studies Notebook. In it, Pagliuso found the following line: “Over the past four decades, women have been active in the Palestinian resistance movement. Several hundred have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed by Israeli occupation forces.”
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