Ariel Gold from Code Pink and Jewish Voice for Peace arranged for Bassem Tamimi to appear before the third-grade classes at an elementary school in Ithaca, NY. Tamimi is best known for using children, including his own, to confront Israeli soldiers in the hope of creating viral photos and videos. Tamimi urged the children to become activists and “freedom fighters for Palestine.”
The event turned into a total anti-Israel propaganda event and caused the 8-9-year-old students to react very negatively towards Israel, with some suggesting ways to attack and retaliate against Israel. One student affected so greatly that his parent complained to the school afterward that the child was having nightmares.
These “educators” filmed themselves proudly propagandizing third-grade kids about how bad Israel is. You may think that this kind of thing can only happen in Middle Eastern countries, but they were spouting this anti-Semitic rhetoric in Ithaca, New York. The presenters regurgitated the tired old lie that Israel somehow took over the Palestinian land and stole all of the Palestinian resources (even the word Palestinian is academically incorrect, but I’ll leave it there because it’s what they force the kids to call the Jordanian refugees).
One kid is seen saying that, when he grows up, he wants to go protest on behalf of the Palestinians, and another student asks, “How are you going to stop Israel?” This goes to show that young children can be easily brainwashed and proves why these kinds of scare tactics in the classroom should never be allowed. Imagine if the tables were turned—if third-graders were told that Palestinians were all terrorists. How fast would the left cry foul?!?
William A. Jacobson, a professor of Law at Cornell, appeared on the Mark Levin show and stated:
“The whole point of this, and you’ve been kind enough to have me on before to talk about these anti-Israel people, it’s not just about Israel, this is taking place in a public third grade class. There were other teachers there, there were staff there, nobody said a word about it, and they tried to cover it up. This is really a microcosm of what’s happening to our educational system. We are allowing these activists not just into college, everybody knows about college it gets tons of press, but into high schools and elementary schools, and you rarely get video of it, because most people can’t just walk into an elementary school and just start shooting video….”
The Ithaca school district commented:
“We recognize that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is very sensitive to many members of our community. We also recognize that this delicate topic was not presented in a manner consistent with its importance. We sincerely regret that this has occurred.”
But of course, it did occur. How many more leftist teachers are going to indoctrinate American children against Israel?