Having Succeeded in the Universities, Israel-Haters Move on to High Schools

The founders of a local Palestine Solidarity Committee in Washington State are peddling a new curriculum for teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to secondary-school students. They have appeared at several teachers’ conferences and claim that their program has been adopted by at least three schools. The teaching materials include a gamut of anti-Israel propaganda, Edward Alexander writes, wrapped in a brazen appropriation of the Holocaust:

The tawdry character of [this] curriculum is inherent in its bizarre title: “The Palestine Teaching Trunk.” Its designers noticed that the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center had packaged materials relating to the Holocaust in one of the trunks used by Jews who were shipped off to the death camps of Europe. But how dare the Jews monopolize all that beautiful Holocaust suffering, which other groups, and none more so than the Palestinian Arabs, would very much like, ex-post-facto, to claim for themselves? And so it came to pass that [the designers of the curriculum] collected their own CDs and sacred relics of the “Palestinian cause” into an online “trunk.”

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Education, Holocaust inversion, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Diplomatic Goals of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to the U.S.

Yesterday, the Israeli prime minister arrived in the U.S., and he plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but it remains uncertain whether he will meet with President Biden. Nonetheless, Amit Yagur urges Benjamin Netanyahu to use the trip for ordinary as well as public diplomacy—“assuming,” Yagur writes, “there is someone to talk to in the politically turbulent U.S.” He argues that the first priority should be discussing how to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But there are other issues to tackle as well:

From the American perspective, as long as Hamas is not the official ruler in the Gaza Strip, any solution agreed upon is good. For Israel, however, it is quite clear that if Hamas remains a legitimate power factor, even if it does not head the leadership in Gaza, sooner or later, Gaza will reach the Hizballah model in Lebanon. To clarify, this means that Hamas is the actual ruler of the Strip, and sooner or later, we will see a [return] of its military capabilities as well as its actual control over the population. . . .

The UN aid organization UNRWA . . . served as a platform for Hamas terrorist elements to establish, disguise, and use UN infrastructure for terrorism. This is beside the fact that UNRWA essentially perpetuates the conflict rather than helps resolve it. How do we remove the UN and UNRWA from the “day after” equation? Can the American aid organization USAID step into UNRWA’s shoes, and what assistance can the U.S. provide to Israel in re-freezing donor-country contributions to UNRWA?

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza War 2023, U.S.-Israel relationship