Anti-Semitism in Newton (MA) Schools

by Charles Jacobs:

Last year, the Wellesley Middle School was caught in a nasty controversy when  my organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), released a shocking  video of a student trip to the Roxbury megamosque.

Viewers could see mosque staffers teach the students unadulterated propaganda  – among other things, that Muslim women got the vote before women in the West.  They also saw Wellesley boys prostrating themselves to Allah alongside Muslim  men. The controversy was covered extensively on Boston TV and radio, and the  video was seen by almost 500,000 people on YouTube.

As a result, Wellesley schools no longer visit that mosque. Good. But we also  asked Wellesley school administrators to go back to the students and correct the  false information they were taught, and then to explain what propaganda is.

They refused, and as far as we know, a class full of Wellesley students still  believe these falsehoods and don’t know they were lied to. Why are school  administrators afraid to tell the truth?

Now, the Newton public school system is enmeshed in a similar controversy  about deceptive lessons concerning Muslim women. This time there is an  anti-Semitic theme. As with Wellesley, the Newton school administrators are  refusing to tell the children they were lied to.

It began when a Newton parent learned that his daughter was being taught – in  a school handout — that Israelis incarcerate, torture and kill Palestinian  women.

The material came from “The Arab World Studies Notebook,” which has been  condemned by serious educators as blatant propaganda. How did this get into the  curriculum?

Margo Einstein, Newton’s pro- Jewish “community organizer,” sparked a growing  and organized effort to challenge the Newton schools. She has gathered a team of  parents and researchers to review the textbooks and circular materials that are  being used to teach about Arabs, Jews, Muslims and Christians in our  schools.

As a taxpaying Newton resident, I was allowed to address the School Committee  last week. A summary of my remarks (below) sketches out the problem and should  give enough examples to make us all concerned:

“Teachers in the Newton schools gave students a handout that defamed Israel’s  Jews as monsters and savages who imprison, torture and kill Palestinian women.  This is not only untrue, the opposite is true, that is, if you want to give  students truly horrific examples of violence, murder and intolerance in the  Middle East, you have all you can possibly want in Palestinian, Arab and Muslim  behavior and history. And not just history – just review the violence of the  Arab Spring, the daily slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and  Syria.

“But as the Newton schools are guided by what is politically correct, our  students cannot learn about any examples of non-Western misconduct. (You are  programming our students not to judge the “Other” – only people like us.)

“For example, Arabs today have black slaves in Sudan and Mauritania.

“But you cannot teach that truth. It does not fit the politically correct  narrative, that evil in the world comes from white Europeans – and everyone else  is a victim. If you point out the obvious, you are a bigot, blaming the victim.  “Newton students come from a culture that would not normally abandon blacks who  are enslaved today. Nor would they abandon women or gays who are oppressed, but  your politically correct education ensures that our children will not learn  about the plights of these people in the Islamic realm, or anywhere outside the  West for that matter – or that they will be afraid to speak about it. You will  have taught them that.

“But you (Newton schools) did give students ‘A Muslim Primer,’ which touts as  the best guide to understanding Islam and human rights, by the Egyptian scholar  Sayyid Qutb. But it turns out that Sayyid Qutb is the intellectual father of the  Muslim Brotherhood. His books are filled with calls for Jihad against Christian,  Jewish and secular Muslim societies. The book you gave them promotes the man who  inspired Osama bin Laden.

“Women in the Muslim world are third-class citizens. But nobody will explain  this in Newton to our students. It’s taboo.

“Instead, Newton North students have been given handouts describing the  Muslim world as, I kid you not, ‘a world where womanhood reigns supreme,’ where  women are freer than Western women, who apparently ‘have less control over their  destiny.’

“Gays are hanged in public squares in Iran, and Christians are besieged by  mobs in Cairo, driven from Iraq and terrified in Damascus. But these essential  facts are not politically correct and therefore taboo in Newton schools.

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Contributor Charles  Jacobs is a  political activist who co-founded the American  Anti-Slavery Group and also the  David Project, and also the organization Americans  for Peace and  Tolerance.


2 thoughts on “Anti-Semitism in Newton (MA) Schools

  1. How scary that this is happening before our very eyes. What will it take for people to open their eyes? Was 9/11 not enough? Do they need another national tragedy to realize that we are under attack by a stealth agenda that is out to destroy us?

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