PRO ISRAEL ORGANIZATION PJTN TODAY TAKES DEBATE OVER “ANTI-SEMITIC” TEXTBOOK TO TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR SHOWDOWN IN GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS SUB-COMMITTEE

Nationwide Campaign Called For As “Disinformation” Provades US Educational System

(Nashville, Tennessee) –June 19, 2013 –Laurie Cardoza Moore, President of Pro-Israel organization Proclaiming Justice To The Nations (PJTN) is today taking the continuing debate to Capitol Hill in Tennessee in order to gain support for the removal of a textbook used statewide by high schools throughout the state of Tennessee for content it deems anti-Semitic. 

Ms. Cardoza-Moore, Founder and President of PJTN is scheduled to testify today in Nashville before the Government Operations Sub-Committee in the Tennessee General Assembly during a hearing o address the concerns of a growing list of parents within the school district. 

Following her meetings earlier this week with Williamson County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michael Looney and the Williamson County Schools ad hoc committee, Ms. Cardoza Moore is now taking the issue to the state legislature to seek assistance in removing this textbook from Tennessee schools. “I was grateful to finally have the opportunity on Monday to present my concerns about the textbook in a formal hearing,” noted Cardoza-Moore.  “However, I am disappointed that the process is not being expedited, considering the deadline to order new textbooks is fast approaching.” 

Following her recent appearances on the Fox News Network to discuss the Tennessee textbook controversy, the awareness of her concerns has grown to enlist nationwide support from concerned parents around the country.  

“The propaganda contained in the book in question is only one small example of the materials being used in American schools that contains the type of disinformation that historically leads to violence against Jews,” notes Cardoza-Moore. 

The textbook at the center of the controversy is The Cultural Landscape—An Introduction to Human Geography. In a chapter dealing with terrorism, under the title 

“Why Has Terrorism Increased?” students are posed the thought: “Distinguishing terrorism from other acts of political violence can be difficult.  For example, if a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?”  The book goes on to state: “Competing arguments are made: Israel’s sympathizers denounce the act as a terrorist threat to the country’s existence, whereas advocates of the Palestinian cause argue that long-standing injustices and Israeli army attacks on ordinary Palestinian civilians provoked the act.” 

Cardoza-Moore noted in a release from PJTN:  “The text in the curriculum infers that the terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli civilians is legitimate because it is being carried out by Palestinians in retaliation for political purposes.  It also suggests that Israel launches unprovoked attacks against ordinary Palestinians, which is blatantly inaccurate.”

She continued:  “If we apply the same logic articulated in this textbook, legitimizing terror attacks against Jews in Israel as a result of ‘political violence,’ then what should the student deduce from 9/11 and the Muslims who murdered almost 3,000 Americans on that horrific day?  That the Saudi nationals who attacked the US in general and Americans specifically were justified because of the US policy in Iraq and Afghanistan?”

PJTN’s review of the book noted additional factually inaccurate information with regards to the historical and archaeological evidence of the Jewish presence in the land dating back almost 4,000 years.    

Written by James Rubenstein, the textbook has been at the center of controversies from at least three separate school districts and parents/community disputes dating back to 2007. 

PJTN’s attempts are ongoing as a nationwide effort to remove this type of biased curriculum from elementary, junior and senior high, and college level textbook resources. Today’s meeting in Tennessee will be the next chapter in the continuing conflict.  Cardoza-Moore remains committed to the cause of Israel’s representation, and notes. “The Holocaust did hot happen in a vacuum.  I’m driven by the words of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who said, ‘Indifference to evil is evil.”

Resource more information on PJTN online:  www.pjtn.org


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