The folks over at Legal Insurrection posted a disturbing article yesterday on a matter involving anti-Israel advocates teaching third graders to hate Israel. I’m only going to post a few snippets because it’s a rather lengthy legal investigation (full article here).
On Friday morning, September 18, 2015, the third grade classes at the Beverly J. Martin School in Ithaca, NY, heard a presentation on “human rights” by Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi and local anti-Israel activists, including Ariel Gold of the local chapter of the anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace (she also is a full time employee of Code Pink), and Mary Grady Flores. The event was arranged through third grade teacher Brooke Burnett, a friend of Gold and Flores.
On Sunday night, September 20, Legal Insurrection broke the story, Anti-Israel activism hits elementary school in Ithaca, NY. Because of Tamimi’s notoriety for exploiting children in videotaped confrontations with Israeli soldiers, Tamimi’s mere appearance in a third grade class raised suspicions about the event.
The controversy received widespread news coverage, particularly over the activists’ request to the students to become “freedom fighters for Palestine”: