Anti-Israel Indoctrination Starts in Elementary School

Some of the anti-Israel activists causing so much disorder on American college campuses picked up their ideas from their professors, others from friends. But some students likely arrive as freshman already firm in their hostility toward the Jewish state—quite possibly because of what they’ve learned in high school, or even earlier. Hannah Meyers describes a “Curriculum Share for Palestine” in which teachers at New York City public middle schools explained how “to teach students to despise Zionism.” The organizers’ opening statement made their agenda clear:

“As educators committed to doing our part in the fight for Palestinian liberation,” [they explained], “let’s remember struggles are interconnected.” Then, participants received a list of acceptable emotions for engaging in the discussion. You can only ask questions that “come from” the right place and you must “understand that anti-Zionism is NOT anti-Semitism.” As it unfolded, the meeting’s brainstorming was not actually about curricula in the traditional sense; rather, participating teachers strategized on how to connect children’s feelings to ordained feelings about Zionism.

One teacher, Meyers reports, proudly explained that she sees it as her duty “to help the twelve-year-old boy who’s an amazing kid, whose parents identify as strongly Zionist, to understand why the ideology is both harmful and offensive to others.” Meyers also notes another tendency evident in addition to the naked politicization of teaching, namely the emphasis on emotion, a broader trend that is creating “a generation of young people who cannot reason from data” and who are “taught that to do so is racist and lacks empathy.”

Read more at New York Post

More about: Anti-Zionism, Education


The Possible Death of Mohammad Deif, and What It Means

On Saturday, Israeli jets destroyed a building in southern Gaza, killing a Hamas brigade commander named Rafa Salameh. Salameh is one of the most important figures in the Hamas hierarchy, but he was not the primary target. Rather it was Mohammad Deif, who is Yahya Sinwar’s number-two and is thought to be the architect and planner of numerous terrorist attacks, of Hamas’s tunnel network, and of the October 7 invasion itself. Deif has survived at least five Israeli attempts on his life, and the IDF has consequently been especially reluctant to confirm that he had been killed. Yet it seems that it is possible, and perhaps likely, that he was.

Kobi Michael notes that Deif’s demise would have major symbolic value and, moreover, deprive Hamas of important operational know-how. But he also has some words of caution:

The elimination of Deif becomes even more significant given the current reality of severe damage to Hamas’s military wing and its transition to terrorism and guerrilla warfare. However, it is important to remember that organizations such as Hamas and Hizballah are more than the sum of their components or commanders. Israel has previously eliminated the leaders of these organizations and other very senior military figures, and yet the organizations continued to grow, develop, and become more significant security threats to Israel, while establishing their status as political players in the Palestinian and Lebanese arenas.

As for the possibility that Deif’s death will harden Hamas’s position in the hostage negotiations, Tamir Hayman writes:

In my opinion, even if there is a bump in the road now, it is not a strategic one. The reasons that Hamas decided to compromise its demands in the [hostage] deal stem from the operational pressure it is under [and] the fear that the pressure exerted by the IDF will increase.

Read more at Institute for National Security Studies

More about: Gaza War 2023, Hamas