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Monday, October 09, 2006

What Teheran and Los Angeles have in common - it's more than Iranian Jews

Teheran and Los Angeles have lots more in common these days than large populations of Iranian Jews. They share a common educational goal: anti-Zionism.

In Teheran, Mahmoud Ahmadinadinnerjacket's 'education ministry' is looking to expand middle school students’ knowledge on the ‘acts of the Zionist regime and its malicious intentions.' Today, the ministry launched an 'educational seminar' in its middle schools aimed at familiarizing middle school Tehran students with Zionism.

Ahmed Sarush Najad, the head of the ministry’s Palestinian History Department, told the Mehr news agency that the seminars will focus on four main topics: Jerusalem and the Islamic world, Hezbullah’s 'victory' and its consequences for the Zionist regime; the Zionist regime’s 'weak spot' and the American lobby. I wonder if the 'American lobby' is the same as the 'Israel lobby.'

All male and female students enrolled in Tehran’s middle schools will participate in the seminar over the course of the next 28 days to mark Jerusalem Day, which is 'celebrated' each year on the last Friday Ramadan. During Jerusalem Day, marches are expected to be held in Iran and throughout the Muslim world as a sign of sympathy with the 'Palestinians.' This year most contributions collected during this day are expected to go to the rehabilitation of southern Lebanon.

And in Los Angeles, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the union of those who educate public school students in one of American's largest cities, has been doing its part to bring Israel to its knees.
Not until it was bombarded by complaints from concerned citizens did UTLA cancel its decision to host a meeting sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS). The purpose of the upcoming event is not to help spread democracy in the Middle East, but to hurt the lone democracy in the region by “launching a local boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign in support of the Palestinian people.” The MDS can boast about having on its National Board Noam Chomsky, whose book Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States was praised by Hugo Chavez last month at the United Nations. Indeed, Chomsky, Chavez and the MSD all share a deep hatred for Israel. While Chavez has accused Israel of committing a “new Holocaust,” the MDS believes that “Israel’s apartheid and racist system of oppression closely resembles that which South Africa once had.”

Apparently, for the MDS, such methods as “boycotting companies that are invested in Israel” and “working to end US government foreign and military aid to Israel” aren’t the only acceptable ways of bringing about the country’s destruction. On the flier for the event, which was originally posted on the UTLA Human Rights Committee website, there is no condemnation of the never-ending terrorist attacks perpetrated against innocent Israeli citizens. In fact, the only mention of the intifada can be found at the bottom of the notice: “Meeting endorsed by: Los Angeles Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee Café Intifada.”

Café Intifada is an arts events organization that aims to “unite art with critical consciousness.” An example of this infusion of politics into art can be found on Café Intifada’s website: a photo of a small Palestinian child facing an Israeli tank. The organization’s goals are to “raise funds for Palestinian Programs” and to “highlight…the current plight of the Palestinian people.” It is little wonder that Café Intifada blames Israel entirely for the struggles of the Palestinian people when members of controversial pro-Arab groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee are on its advisory board.

But what might come as the real shocker to Los Angeles teachers, who are required to pay union dues to UTLA each month, is that the founder of Café Intifada, Emma Rosenthal, is a UTLA Human Rights Committee member. Rosenthal is so militarily anti-Zionist that she endorses the International Solidarity Movement -- this in spite of the fact that it has refused to condemn “armed struggle” and has harbored known terrorists. (Some of its members have also been photographed with terrorists.)

For the Jewish Rosenthal, however, the only true terrorists are Jews. Her explanation for anti-Semitism is that “[a]nimosity towards Jews, in whole or in part, coming from the Middle East is not much more than a century old, in reactions to the imperialist intentions of Zionists such as Herzl and Jabotinsky and the terrorists activities of Jewish groups.”

Parents who are already concerned enough about failing Los Angeles schools now have to worry about the fact that radicals like Rosenthal are involved with teacher training. Last April 22, the UTLA Human Rights Committee hosted their annual Conference with the theme "Human Rights and The Environment." Rosenthal was the Conference Chair. LAUSD teachers earned salary points for attending workshops focusing on such themes as “climate change, sustainable agriculture, Katrina, The Gulf War and the environmental impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian communities.” The keynote speaker of the event was Adam Shapiro of the International Solidarity Movement. Rosenthal promoted the Conference on the radio station Uprising Radio, saying that the workshops would provide “the kind of information that activists need to get the word out.” Why teachers should be promoting politics over educations went unexplained.
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At 6:22 PM, Blogger Mother Effingby said...

I used to call people like Emma Rosenthal "self-hating Jews" but I was wrong: She loves herself more than anyone else and would gladly push a Jew into a gas chamber...she is a Jew-hating Jew. She thinks that being in cahoots with vampires is going to save her sorry backside, but she's only last on the menu. Even vampires save their just desserts for last. We have a bigger problem than anti-semitism...a word I detest. It sounds like mere opposition. Francisco Gil-White has written extensively about the problem of Diaspora Jews cavorting with the enemies of humanity:

At 6:34 PM, Blogger ShumBaayaMyLord said...

Does din rodef apply in Emma Rosenthal's case?


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