Middle East studies in the News
Leftists Ally with Jihadis in Our Public Schools
by Karin McQuillan
Coming to a school near you.
After being subjected to jihadi propaganda by a Palestinian on an illegal visa in their third grade public school class, 8-9 year old American kids were led by their teacher to attack Israel. Watch the video.
It's like a Maoist Red Guard indoctrination session. The children's African-American teacher, Brooke Barnett, tells the children that Israel is hiding what's really going from the world, but that the video they are about to see "is true, we can see what's happening."
After the program the third-graders were encouraged to share their reactions. The first child says, "Israel is wrong to think that Palestine could be theirs, because they already have a lot of land and they shouldn't just take more thinking they own the world."
"They (Israelis) should be peaceful but they're not...they should not kill other people."
"It's not fair that people (jailed jihadis) will not see get to see their families."
One child says, "When I grow up I'm going to go to Palestine and protest.' "Welcome, welcome," replies the speaker, "We need you to come to make struggle." Another voice is heard saying, "Thank you."
In the video, Code Pink leftist Ariel Gold, invited by the school to put on the program, reminds the children, "You guys are studying the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, from the United Nations...so the United Nations makes laws around what people can do, what countries can do, and many times Israel violates those laws, and that is what we are working for, for international law."
Did you know that United Nations law is taught in our elementary schools? Yes, so-called Human Rights, not the U.S. Bill of Rights, is a standard topic in third grade social studies.
Student: "If somebody is attacking...you say Inshallah, so God can help us stop it." "That's beautiful," breathes their teacher. Inshallah, beautiful, God Bless America, forbidden.
Burnett helps the next child, who mumbles something about not being able to protect yourself, "She's saying it's not fair they (Israelis) are more powerful. They (the Arabs) should be able to defend themselves but they (the Israelis) are more powerful because they have guns."
In an unplanned moment of humor, an Arabic-speaking child is confused into thinking that Israeli terrorists are attacking Palestinians, and suggests the Palestinians on the West Bank build their own wall to protect themselves. "If they attack you ...build your own wall...use their resources (bricks) against them, if you're scared, how is that going to help." A wall is not the answer out leftist teacher Brooke Burnett wants to hear; she asks Bassem Tamimi to comment. He tells the class, "Our children is our resources...our children who will fight...."
Another adult voice, "And the TRUTH, the TRUTH is the resource...if everybody was building walls, then we'd all be separated by walls, that's not how human beings want to live, we want to be together, like in this classroom." "Then how are you going to stop Israel," asks the Arabic-speaking boy. Tamimi: "We would like to protect ourselves with your solidarity...you are all to defend us...to be freedom fighters for Palestine."
The principal of the elementary school, Susan Eschbach, defended the event (full text here). She falsely claimed:
The School District, under pressure from irate parents, later wrote that the program was politically skewed and inflammatory, and apologized.
The Superintendent of schools falsely claimed Tamimi was not an invited guest, and that the lesson was on universal human rights, but admitted to The Blaze:
The Superintendent has done nothing to drain the swamp. The children have not been debriefed and told they were subjected to jihadi propaganda. The teacher who instigated and presided over this radical hate teaching suffered no consequences and is still in her classroom. The school principal, who enlisted openly anti-Israeli groups to design her school's curriculum on human rights (and boasts that she wants a designation from them as a "Human Rights School" whatever leftist claptrap that is), is still in place.
William Jacobson, a Cornell law professor and blogger at legalinsurrection.com appeared on Mark Levin's show to discuss breaking this story and posting the video. It took Jacobsen a year of litigation under the NY Freedom of Information Law to get a partial video of the event.
Who was it that the leftist school teacher invited to brainwash her students? Bassem Tamimi is a Palestinian jihadi who uses his own son and daughter attack Israeli soldiers in order to film them to incite jihadi violence. The Alegmeiner:
Tamimi lied about his arrest record in order to get a U.S. visa from the Obama administration and embark on a speaking tour across America in favor of the anti-Semitic BDS movement. He boasted of his broader aim – to create an intifada in America, starting with our children.
Yet while Tammi showed videos in Ithaca and led the American children in an anti-Israeli, pro-jihadi discussion in the Ithaca classroom, the teachers and staff in the room noticed nothing wrong.
Tamimi's visa has been revoked permanently.
The left will have no trouble finding home-grown anti-Semitic, anti-American spokesmen to invite into our classrooms – or worse, to hire as teachers. Americans for Peace and Tolerance has exposed similar incidents in liberal Massachusetts:
America is the target even more than Israel. The war against jihad in our public schools cannot be won on a case by case, catch-up basis. Anti-western propaganda is widespread and well-funded and entrenched in our progressive curriculum. If parents had intervened when American history was dropped for Human Rights studies, the left would not find it as easy to teach their hateful lies.
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