During Summer Break - Anti-Semitism Grows Amid America's Teachers… We Must Speak Out!

I wanted you to know that I am filing a formal complaint to the President of the National Education Association (NEA), Lily Eskelsen Garcia, as a concerned American, parent, and organizational leader.  In the course of launching last week’s media campaign to call for the removal of a Boca Raton High School Principal, a PJTN Watchman made me aware of another anti-Semitic initiative at the NEA’S annual convention in Houston, Texas earlier this month.

Here’s the background

The NEA is the largest labor union and pro interest group in the US with over 3 million members encompassing public school teachers from K-12 through university. The fact that it is overwhelmingly a Democrat leaning organization can only be underscored by the fact that remarkably high percentages of their financial support collected from memberships (estimated as high as 95%) politically are directed at electing Democrats.

While our children are enjoying their summer break with family, a major anti-Semitic faction is growing in the ranks of the educators who teach them!

This is the second year the anti-Semites within NEA have attempted to push the anti-semitic BDS/Israel Apartheid agenda into the bylaws of the organization’s mainstream rank and file.

New Business Item 26 appeared in the organizational literature at the convention, as well as online at NEA’s official website.  A radical reach for an organization whose stated objective is “We are the voice of educational professionals.  Our work is fundamentally to the nation, and we accept the profound trust placed in us.”  Trust?  When the agenda is based on disinformation with no proof to substantiate the outrageous claims?  We shouldn’t be surprised when high school principals refuse to acknowledge that the Holocaust took place.

Item 26 reads:

  • The NEA will use existing digital communications to develop and publish resources to educate members and the general public on the apartheid, atrocities, and gross violations of human rights of Palestinian children and families by the State of Israel, funded directly by the United States.
  • NEA will publish an article in the NEA Today on the work that is being done by our members and organizations fighting for the rights of the Palestinian children and families.
  • NEA will partner with the No Way To Treat A Child campaign to pressure the Israeli government to end the detention and abuse of Palestinian Children.
  • The NEA must oppose the detainment, incarceration, torture, family separation, and murder of children and their families at the hands of the US, domestically and globally.

This proposal was brought to the forum by Erika Strauss Chavarria, MD. Could it be any more obvious that she is pro-Palestinian with an anti-Semitic agenda? 

When was an American teacher’s union deputized to become a global watchdog whose mission it is to vilify Israel within their membership?

The language presented to their convention pre-supposes Israel is an apartheid state, guilty of atrocities. The existence of this offensive item itself –to be shared “as fact “in print and for presentation for a vote—is enough reason for every American to be concerned. Certainly good teachers—Christians, Jews and people of good conscience—exist within the NEA.  Of concern is the existence of an anti-Semitic faction who for a second year have had a strong enough voice to be heard by 3 million fellow members. Theirs is a persistence that will only grow in the attempt to influence their fellow educators—our children’s teachers and the guardians of the minds of America’s next generation of leaders.

Having anti-Semitic lies published as fact at a convention of American educators must be publicly condemned.  The procedure that allows such vitriolic hatred and partisanship to be published in an open forum for consideration, must not be tolerated.

I will make these points clear in my communication with the NEA.  The hand that rocks the cradle, sadly, no longer “rules the world.” Others influence the minds of our children. The hands entrusted with the education of our children must be under close scrutiny if America is to continue to go down the path of greatness.

Please join the work of PJTN—it has never been more vital! 

Whether we are calling for the removal of antisemitic textbooks, principals, or exposing the antisemitic agenda of members of the largest education association in the U.S., I cannot do it without your financial support. 

Please consider your best gift today to ensure your voice is heard.

Thank you for your prayers and support…



Laurie Cardoza-Moore
President/Proclaiming Justice to The Nations


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