Teachers have begun bombarding children with Leftist/Muslim propaganda denigrating Israel and promoting the Palestinian “intifada” as part of a “teach-in” in Oakland, California.
The Blaze The local teachers’ union, the Oakland Education Association, endorsed the teach-in despite Oakland Unified School District superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell warning that the curriculum, including the anti-Semitic materials therein, was “unsanctioned,” reported KTVU-TV.
Johnson-Trammell stressed in a Dec. 4 letter to parents, “The District does not authorize this action. Furthermore I want to make clear that the instructional materials developed and shared by the teach-in organizers are not aligned with the materials and guidance previously provided by our Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Sondra Aguilera.”
The superintendent acknowledged that the materials “circulated and promoted as factual” by the leftist teachers were both “harmful and divisive.”
The Oakland Education Association for Palestine group has provided teachers with anti-Israel propaganda materials targeting children from junior kindergarten through high school. One among the recommended presentations details the “Goals of Colonialism,” noting the process by which Israel and the United States allegedly steal land, destroy local cultures, dominate, then normalize their behavior.
Another presentation, painting Zionism as genocidal, poses the question to children: “Since Jews experienced centuries of violence and ethnic cleansing, why are Jews in Israel doing the same thing to Palestinians today?”
An art activity originally crafted for American schoolchildren by the activist group Teaching While Muslim has as its stated goal an understanding and celebration of “Palestinian culture and resistance throughout history and in the present, with a focus on Palestinian children’s resistance.”
As part of this activity, children are to be given this prompt: “75 years ago, a lot of decision makers around the world decided to take away Palestinian land to make a country called Israel. Israel would be a country where rules were mostly fair for Jewish people with White skin. Do you know about any unfair rules where we live?”
A coloring book for children included among the curricular materials states, “Children like me keep having their homes taken by the Zionist bullies. They are always scaring them and arresting them.”
The New York Times noted that another book recommended by the OEA for Palestine is entitled, “P is for Palestine,” which informs young children, “I is for Intifada, Intifada is Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or a grown-up!”
In addition to being asked to draw “Zionist leaders of Israel,” students are also prompted to make signs that say, “Palestine will be free,” “Free Palestine,” and “Let Gaza live.”
Teachers were also provided with hundreds of Palestinian “resistance” posters to share with their students as well as a link to a Turkish state media video denouncing Israel for “apartheid.”
Hamas-linked CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) directort Zahara Billoo told KPIX-TV, “This is important, this is necessary to teach kids about current events.”
Billoo called “Zionist synagogues” and various Jewish groups “enemies” in 2021, reportedthe Jerusalem Post. “Oppose the polite Zionists,” said Billoo. “They are not your friends.”
Billoo indicated the news of the teach-in left her feeling “excited.”