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CA State BoE Says Proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum Will ‘Be Substantially Redesigned

The Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler 8/13/2019 The California State Board of Education (SBE) announced on Aug. 12 that the proposed anti-Israel Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) will be replaced with an entirely new draft. SBE President Linda Darling-Hammond, Vice President Ilene Straus and Board Member Feliza Ortiz-Licon said in the statement, “The current draft model …

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AOC Agrees with Radio Host About Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians Being ‘Very Criminal’

Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler 7/30/2019 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) agreed with a radio host about the Israeli “occupation” being “very, very criminal.” Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks in a July 30 appearance on the “Ebro in the Morning” show based in New York. Host Ebro Darden said there are “multiple corrupt governments working together” worldwide, citing …

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Tlaib Says House Voted for Anti-BDS Bill Without Understanding Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler 7/25/2019 Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) told reporters on July 24 that the House of Representatives voted for the anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution on July 23 despite not having a firm grasp of the nuances of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Jewish Insider reports. Tlaib, who came out in favor of a …

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83 Jewish and Pro-Israel Organizations Call for ‘Safeguards’ in Response to Drafted Anti-Israel Curriculum

Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler 8/7/2019 Eighty-three Jewish and pro-Israel organizations urged the California Department of Education to implement “safeguards” in response to drafted anti-Israel ethnic studies high school curriculum. The organizations, which include the AMCHA Initiative, Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs and Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, wrote in an August 7 …

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

J. The Jewish NewsGabe Stutman 8/6/2019 “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 …

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PZC Calls for Significant Changes to Antisemitic Ethnic Studies Sample Curriculum

(Sacramento, CA, August 2,2019) The Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) strongly opposes the anti-Israel bias and the exclusion of Jewish history—including Jews from the Middle East and North Africa and Former Soviet Union—from the Draft Ethnic Studies Model curriculum currently being considered by the California Department of Education. These shortcomings mean the curricula fails to …

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A Second Open Letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren: Campaign’s Hiring Max Berger Must be Addressed

Dear Senator Warren: On July 15, 2019 Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) wrote an Open Letter to you highly critical of your hiring of Max Berger as Director of Progressive Partnerships. PZC believes that your campaign erred greatly in this choice. We believe the best decision is to ask Mr. Berger to step down from …

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Max Berger, an activist against Israel’s occupation, is an aide to Elizabeth Warren

JTA Ben Sales 7/29/2019 Days after Israeli ground troops invaded Gaza in 2014, a group of leftist millennial Jews gathered to plan a public protest of the military operation. The new group, which called itself IfNotNow, discussed a public demonstration in front of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an establishment Jewish …

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Shirt Saying ‘Resist Racism. Sexism. Zionism.’ Reportedly Sold During Progressive Conference Panels

Jewish Journal Aaron Bandler 7/18/2019 A t-shirt saying “Resist Racism. Sexism. Zionism.” was sold during a couple of pro-Palestinian panels at a progressive conference on July 12, Jewish Insider reports. The shirt also listed “homophobia,” “anti-Semitism,” and “Islamophobia” as necessary to “resist.” Jewish Insider reporter Ben Jacobs told the Journal in a direct message on …

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Progressive Zionists ‘Very Concerned’ Warren Campaign Hired IfNotNow Co-founder

Jewish Journal 7/15/2019 Aaron Bandler The Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) said in a July 15 open letter they were “very concerned” that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign hired IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger in June. PZC founding members Susan George and Paul Kujawsky argued that Berger, who was hired as the Warren campaign’s Director …

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