Michael Goldstein, director of the Ohio chapter of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), has been asked to represent the organization and testify against California’s new anti-Semitic Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.
PJTN Founder and President Laurie Cardoza-Moore announced their opposition to the curriculum in a press release Thursday.
“Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) has gone on record this week to join more than 80 top national pro-Israel civil rights, human rights, religious and education organizations in filing a formal letter to the California Department of Education demanding safeguards against political indoctrination and antisemitic content…,” she wrote.
“With the click of a page students are then offered a view of Arab-American studies that read like an excerpt from a Hamas propaganda pamphlet. Should we be surprised that a trio of academics on the advisory committee who created this model curriculum are vocal antisemites whose vitriolic anti-Israel positions, hatred for the Jews and outspoken bias have been nationally well documented?”
Cardoza-Moore further explains that the model curriculum created for high school level students is “trickle down hostility towards Israel.”
“It would hold the threat of reaching American students at a time when antisemitism and violence against Jewish students on college campuses is skyrocketing. We are opposing the content as it exists in the attempt to assure neither California nor students across the nation are exposed to such bias and indoctrination,” she continues.
Evidence of PJTN’s concerns can be found on the California Department of Education’s website. Chapter two of the “Sample Course Models” contains content that often references the nation of Israel not as a stand alone country but as connected to “Palestine,” with names such as Israel-Palestine and Palestine/Israel.
When Israel is identified separately from “Palestine” in the sample course model, it is always negative. For example, Israel is recognized as a “catastrophe” when the model course describes a wave of immigrants that came to the United States in the mid-twentieth century.
Combating anti-Semitic curriculum is one of the organizations main goals, and Goldstein is very familiar with it.
Goldstein recently shared his thoughts on the curriculum with The Ohio Star
“I am happy to take the fight to California to defeat passage of this virulently anti-Semitic ethnic studies content. Otherwise, it will be taught to a generation of California high school students,” he said. “It is an attempt to erase the history of the Jewish people and its accomplishments in the United States and worldwide, and in addition, to demonize Jews and Israel based on a scenario of false ‘facts.'”
“The course content mirror images: it accuses Israel of atrocities which it did not commit, and whitewashes the evil deeds of the Arabs, including their murder of American citizens, both Jewish and Christian,” he continued. “If PJTN can expose to the nation and stop this unconscionable propaganda in California, we will have a better chance to limit its spread nationwide.”
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