California’s New Ethnic-Studies Curriculum Singles Out the Jews for Their Privilege

Today, citizens of California have their last chance to comment publicly on the model ethnic-studies curriculum that will soon become mandatory for schools throughout the state. Besotted with the twisted logic of critical race theory, the proposed course guidelines and teaching materials have little to say about the Jews, but what they do say is disturbing. Pamela Paresky and Joel Finkelstein write:

The current draft of the curriculum celebrates figures who have promoted anti-Semitism; it uses racial distinctions to divide people into those who are considered white (and therefore privileged) and those who are non-white (and therefore oppressed); and in the case of Jews, it combines the two, pitting “Jews of color” against Jews who are tarred with “conditional whiteness” and its attendant “racial privilege.”

“White supremacists continue to racialize Jews as non-white,” the curriculum’s “Fact Sheet on Jewish American Diversity” acknowledges. But “many Jews with light skin identify with the idea of white-presenting,” it reads. “Light-skinned Jews . . . experience white privilege,” while “Jews of color like all communities of color face systemic racism.” . . . This [logic] disqualifies most Jews from the solidarity offered to other minority groups.

Wading through the jargon, Finkelstein and Paresky discover the conclusion: that American Jews have, in the curriculum’s words, changed “their position on the racial hierarchy, . . . gaining racial privilege.” Moreover, they write, “Jews are the only group in California’s proposed curriculum for whom the term ‘privilege’ is used” specifically.

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The New Iran Deal Will Reward Terrorism, Help Russia, and Get Nothing in Return

After many months of negotiations, Washington and Tehran—thanks to Russian mediation—appear close to renewing the 2015 agreement concerning the Iranian nuclear program. Richard Goldberg comments:

Under a new deal, Iran would receive $275 billion of sanctions relief in the first year and $1 trillion by 2030. [Moreover], Tehran would face no changes in the old deal’s sunset clauses—that is, expiration dates on key restrictions—and would be allowed to keep its newly deployed arsenal of advanced uranium centrifuges in storage, guaranteeing the regime the ability to cross the nuclear threshold at any time of its choosing. . . . And worst of all, Iran would win all these concessions while actively plotting to assassinate former U.S. officials like John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and [his] adviser Brian Hook, and trying to kidnap and kill the Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad on U.S. soil.

Moscow, meanwhile, would receive billions of dollars to construct additional nuclear power plants in Iran, and potentially more for storage of nuclear material. . . . Following a visit by the Russian president Vladimir Putin to Tehran last month, Iran reportedly started transferring armed drones for Russian use against Ukraine. On Tuesday, Putin launched an Iranian satellite into orbit reportedly on the condition that Moscow can task it to support Russian operations in Ukraine.

With American and European sanctions on Russia escalating, particularly with respect to Russian energy sales, Putin may finally see net value in the U.S. lifting of sanctions on Iran’s financial and commercial sectors. While the return of Iranian crude to the global market could lead to a modest reduction in oil prices, thereby reducing Putin’s revenue, Russia may be able to head off U.S. secondary sanctions by routing key transactions through Tehran. After all, what would the Biden administration do if Iran allowed Russia to use its major banks and companies to bypass Western sanctions?

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More about: Iran nuclear deal, Russia, U.S. Foreign policy