San Francisco’s teachers’ union is receiving a barrage of criticism from the Jewish community after voting to endorse the leftist anti-Semitic movement known as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and issuing a statement accusing the U.S. ally in the Middle East of committing “apartheid and war crimes.”
United Educators of San Francisco (UESF), affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest union federation, is the first U.S. K-12 public school teachers union to support BDS officially. The UESF assembly passed the resolution, the organization’s voting bloc, just before Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire on May 20 after 11 days of fighting.
The measure was presented to the UESF assembly by 10 union members from several K-12 schools in San Francisco in an official statement called “Resolution in Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”
In addition to showing the institution’s support for BDS, the resolution urges the Biden administration to end all aid to its historic ally Israel immediately. The document also denounces, albeit without much argument, that the state of Israel imposed a kind of “regime of legalized discrimination,” through which it would seek to displace and demolish Palestinian homes in Jerusalem.
“Whereas, as public school educators in the United States of America, we have a special responsibility to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people because of the $3.8 billion annually that the U.S. government gives to Israel, thus directly using our tax dollars to fund apartheid and war crimes,” the resolution reads.
The union’s resolution aroused the anger of parents, especially those of the Jewish religion, who wonder why the union is getting involved in international political issues instead of focusing on improving their children’s education after practically a year of school suspension. It should be noted that San Francisco public schools only began operating in April.
“The teachers union has failed in its most basic mission this year, opening schools and educating San Francisco’s children,” said Todd David, a Jewish parent, Fox News reported. “Instead of focusing on that, they are weighing in on an international political land dispute that experts have been unable to resolve for 70 years.”
Other criticisms also focused on the fact that the union’s actions are entirely biased and driven by left-wing political ideologies rather than sending a neutral message to its students.
The resolution does not even name Hamas, an organization classified by the United States as a terrorist organization. Due to its fanaticism and brutality, Hamas treats its political, ideological, and homosexual rivals, including killings of innocents and public beheadings.
The Jewish community feels completely let down by the union. Those who have to send their children to public schools now know that their children are in the hands of teachers who essentially belong to a group that claims to defend the interests of terrorists promoting hatred and discrimination against Jews worldwide.
The rising tide of anti-Semitism further complicates the context in the United States since the renewed conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
From New York and California to Illinois and Utah, the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza has generated a disturbing backlash against American Jews, who have become the target of death threats, hate speech, and violent physical attacks, Fox News reported.