Outrage Mounts As Seattle Elementary School Indoctrinates Second Graders With Anti-Israel Propaganda

By Maria Angelino | Sunday, 18 February 2024 04:10 PM
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In a recent incident that has sparked controversy, an elementary school in the Seattle area has been accused of teaching children as young as seven to chant anti-Israel slogans and participate in demonstrations against the country.

The StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism (CCA) has raised concerns about this incident, which took place during a social studies class at Syre Elementary School in Shoreline, Washington.

In a letter addressed to the school's principal, Michelle Carroll, and Susanna Reyes, the Superintendent of Shoreline Public Schools, the CCA stated that the children were exposed to "deeply bigoted, antisemitic views and propaganda in a 'lesson' that amounted to indoctrination." The letter was sent on behalf of concerned parents who requested a response by January 31, but received no reply. Attempts to reach the school officials via phone calls were also unsuccessful.

The contentious lesson included a video showing children participating in anti-Israel protests. The video also glorified violent antisemitic activists who disrupted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The CCA has criticized the school for promoting hatred and creating a hostile classroom environment towards the Israeli and Jewish communities.

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The organization further pointed out that the distribution of this inappropriate and biased "lesson" on a schoolwide electronic communication platform only served to exacerbate the harm to the Jewish community. The CCA also noted that the social studies "lesson" displayed a blatant disregard for Shoreline Public Schools policies, including those regarding controversial issues, academic freedom, selection of academic materials, and absence of bias.

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Carly Gammill, the Director of the CCA, expressed her concern over the incident. "The exponential increase in anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric since Hamas' October 7 massacre and kidnapping in Israel is clearly evident on college campuses and in the community," she said. "Situations like this demonstrate that we are dealing with a far more insidious problem that has crept into the educational system at much lower levels, with teachers indoctrinating young minds with anti-Israel propaganda and misinformation that incites violence and undermines and denies 3,000 years of Jewish history in the land of Israel."

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Randy Kessler, the Regional Director of StandWithUs Northwest, echoed Gammill's sentiments. He warned that "furthering such false and biased narratives to young audiences—including through the use of videos that glorify violence— threatens to solidify antisemitic thoughts and carries the potential of encouraging further violent actions."

To protect Jewish and Israeli students and prevent further indoctrination, Kessler called upon the school district to take immediate corrective action, including providing education about Jewish identity and antisemitism.

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