San Fran teachers’ union votes to endorse BDS movement

Many parents in San Francisco only got their children back inside a classroom in April after a year of largely ineffective virtual school. While these parents are concerned about their kids’ education, the teachers’ union instead turned its attention to divisive international politics.

Instead of focusing on educating children, San Francisco’s teachers’ union seemed to place higher importance on passing a seemingly antisemitic resolution calling for the boycott of Israel, which led Jewish parents to feel betrayed and even question their safety in the area schools.

The United Educators of San Francisco voted to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement last May and released a resolution that accuses Israel of committing “apartheid and war crimes.”

“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 dollars annually that the U.S. government gives to Israel, thus directly using our tax dollars to fund apartheid and war crimes,” the union resolution read. “Therefore, be it resolved, that United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) express our solidarity with the Palestinian people and call for Israel to end bombardment of Gaza and stop displacement at Sheikh Jarrah.”

The resolution also urges President Joe Biden to discontinue aid to Israel.

“The teachers union has failed in its most basic mission this year, opening schools and educating San Francisco’s children,” Todd David, a Jewish parent, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “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.”

A parent and member of the Congregation Emanu-El told the Chronicle he felt betrayed by the union as the statement “singled out Israel” and “did not even mention Hamas, an organization that is classified by our government as a terrorist group with a well-documented history of executing their political rivals and homosexuals.”

“I also question what my teachers’ union is doing wading into these waters at the expense of my kids,” the parent, Arik Luck, added. “There are many Jewish people in this city, public school parents who feel the way I do, and a statement like this causes us to worry for the safety of our children in school.”

A union spokesperson, Amanda Hart, told theSan Francisco Chronicle this week that “we stand by our call for the boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel and we unequivocally stand against antisemitism in all its forms.”

The pro-Palestinian movement, as is being proffered by the San Francisco teachers’ union, frequently fails to distinguish between the Palestinian people and the true enemy Hamas, a terrorist organization. Many people understand this is not an issue of race or Jew versus Palestinian, but rather an issue of Israel defending itself against terrorism.

One video shows a Jew and Arab in complete harmony as they explain their view of the issue, in direct conflict with the resolution passed by the San Francisco teacher’s union.

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