The Arizona superintendent of education warned against collaborating with Amnesty International USA and UNICEF’s education division after a high school club presented what was perceived as pro-Palestinian propaganda, causing Jewish students to feel unsafe.
The superintendent deemed the presentation antisemitic and anti-American, and urged schools to keep these organizations off their campuses.
“If Jewish people – and Americans in general — can be targeted by UNICEF and Amnesty International, who is next?” the superintendent wrote. (Trending: Judge Issue Major Ruling On Transgender Procedures For Kids)
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“The main thing I can do is I can warn the schools to avoid these organizations that are antisemitic and tell them that they should keep them off their campuses, just as you would want to keep the Ku Klux Klan off your campus.”
The incident has sparked controversy and concerns about antisemitism and the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“Intifada 1-2… [was] largely spontaneous series of Palestinian demonstrations, nonviolent actions like mass boycotts and Palestinians refusing to work jobs in Israel, and attacks (using rocks, Molotov cocktails, and occasionally firearms) on Israelis,” the presentation stated.
“A recent retaliation by Hamas left hundreds of Israelis dead, in response Israel has subjected Gaza to a brutal and illegal bombing campaign.”
The presentation said the word ‘terrorist’ is “dehumanizing.”
“On the surface, they made most of their criticisms about Israel,” Superintendent Horne stated.
“But the kids pick up that these are Jewish people, and they take it out on other Jewish students. And so, if we allow this to go on with impressionable young people, you end up with the same problem that they had in the 1930s with Germany.”
Amnesty International and UNICEF have faced similar backlash in other school districts.
“We are hearing that Amnesty student chapters are facing increased pressure from their school administrations to not speak out on human rights or on topics that are viewed as ‘controversial,’” Amnesty International stated.
“Some school districts are considering disbanding Amnesty International student clubs altogether. Silencing and misrepresenting students in this way must stop.”
“We are in solidarity with all who want to fight for human rights around the world and are firmly against any kind of intimidation or harm faced by students working on human rights issues.”
“We reiterate our commitment to building a world in which every person can enjoy the full range of their human rights, free from hatred and discrimination,” they added.
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