Draft high school ethnic studies curriculum ‘anti-Jewish,’ say California Jewish orgs

J. The Jewish News
Gabe Stutman

“Ignored.” “Erased.” “Inexplicably snubbed.”

A proposal by a state education committee for a high school course in ethnic studies is roiling Jewish groups from across the political spectrum. The concerns are that the draft — currently in a public comment phase — excludes Jews and Judaism from its discussion of ethnic groups, is one-sided in its view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, does not deal seriously with anti-Semitism, and even uses an anti-Semitic trope.

The complainants represent a diverse coalition of groups, from the Anti-Defamation League to the Progressive Zionists of California to JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. Several have sent letters to the state education department expressing their concerns.

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