To the United Teachers Los Angeles,
California Department of Education
Boards of Education, School Districts across California
We are writing to you to express our deep concerns on behalf of thousands and thousands in the Israeli-American and American Jewish communities. We all feel worried about the dangerous UTLA resolution planned for a vote in September.
This resolution spreads misinformation and demonizes Jewish and Israeli-American communities. In addition, the resolution endorses the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) hate movement. By endorsing it, UTLA will be fostering the hate movement’s violence and agenda to undermine and delegitimize the Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland. Demonization of the Jewish state is demonization of Israeli and Jewish Americans, who have suffered a dramatic increase in violent antisemitic incidents in recent months. When more than 50% of hate crimes are targeting Jews, who represent only 2% of the US population, teachers would surely not want to add more fuel to the fire and foster further bullying, harassment, and violence.
The proposed resolution is biased, one-sided, and is based on false propaganda that discriminates against members of the LAUSD community. It discriminates based on National Origin against the second generation of the Israeli American immigrant community, making public schools unsafe and inaccessible. Furthermore, it will prevent Israeli American students from freely celebrating their culture and heritage, just like any other American minority and immigrant community.
This resolution is dangerous and promotes the bullying of Jewish students and any supporter of Israel and will turn our schools into a hostile environment for both educators and students.
By passing this resolution, the UTLA expresses its support for antisemitism, discrimination, hate, and violence instead of promoting equality, inclusion, and safety for ALL students and teachers.
We ask that you listen to the vast majority of Jewish voices when we say that this rhetoric puts us in great danger. We feel that we are being put in danger because of our national origin and our identity. The Teacher’s Union should be focused on the education and well-being of our children and teachers, regardless of their race, national origin, or background.
We urge you to stand with us:
To condemn the biased and one-sided resolution.
To promote a proper education for educators and students about the dangers of antisemitism and any discrimination.
Our goal is to promote inclusiveness and ensure a safe environment for all students and staff in California schools.