(Washington, D.C., August 14, 2019)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We strongly support the California State Board of Education’s decision not to move forward with the implementation of a radical anti-Israel high school curriculum, the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). The ESMC was developed in part by pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists. It demonizes the Jewish State, promotes anti-Semitic stereotypes and fosters an unsafe environment for Jewish and Israeli students.
After the announcement of the new curriculum, B’nai B’rith joined more than 80 anti-discrimination and pro-Israel organizations in a letter to the California Department of Education denouncing the curriculum and urging that the ESMC be drastically revised or re-written entirely.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org
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