When the Los Angeles Teachers Union Decided to Go After a Foreign Country, Guess Which One They Picked?

(Los Angeles Jewish Journal) Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback - United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) will be voting on a resolution in September calling for the cessation of U.S. aid to Israel and an endorsement of "the international campaign for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against apartheid in Israel." The resolution claims that the IDF initiated the violence this past May in Gaza, ignoring the facts. One can't help but wonder why, given the myriad challenges facing public school education in Los Angeles, the teachers union is spending social capital and time addressing international issues that are far beyond its purview or expertise. And why is Israel, among all the nations in the world - including known human rights abusers like China, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran - being singled out for repudiation? Holding Israel to standards to which one doesn't hold other nations is a form of anti-Semitism. The writer is the Senior Rabbi of Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles.

2021-06-17 00:00:00

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