Middle East studies in the News
Third-Graders in Ithaca, N.Y., School Pressured to Become 'Freedom Fighters for Palestine'
by Nathan Lichtman
This may very well be the most heinous thing I have ever seen. These "educators" filmed themselves proudly propagandizing third grade kids about how bad Israel is. You may think that this kind of thing can only happen in Middle Eastern countries, but they were spouting this anti-Semitic rhetoric in Ithaca, New York. The presenters regurgitated the tired old lie that Israel somehow took over the Palestinian land and stole all of the Palestinian resources (even the word Palestinian is academically incorrect, but I'll leave it there because it's what they force the kids to call the Jordanian refugees).
One kid is seen saying that, when he grows up, he wants to go protest on behalf of the Palestinians, and another student asks, "How are you going to stop Israel?" This goes to show that young children can be easily brainwashed and proves why these kinds of scare tactics in the classroom should never be allowed. Imagine if the tables were turned—if third-graders were told that Palestinians were all terrorists. How fast would the left cry foul?!?
The Ithaca school district commented:
We recognize that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is very sensitive to many members of our community. We also recognize that this delicate topic was not presented in a manner consistent with its importance. We sincerely regret that this has occurred.
But of course, it has already occurred, and everyone involved should be very ashamed of themselves.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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