San Francisco Teachers Union Becomes First to Pass BDS Resolution | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | JNS News Service | 19 Sivan 5781 – May 30, 2021
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San Francisco School District teachers’ union voted in favor of a resolution on May 19 to boycott Israel
United Educators of San Francisco (UESF), which is affiliated with the largest federation of unions in the United States, the AFL-CIO, is the first K-12 union of public school teachers in America to officially support the BDS. It is also the first time since 2016 that an American union has officially supported the BDS movement, according to Jewish News from Northern California.
The final sentence of the resolution calls on the union to support BDS and earlier calls on the Biden administration to stop aid to Israel. He denounces the “forced displacement and house demolitions” of Palestinians by Israel and accuses the Jewish state of being “a regime of legalized racial discrimination”.
“As public school educators in the United States of America, we have a special responsibility to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people because of the $ 3.8 billion a year that the U.S. government gives to Israel, thus using directly our taxes to finance apartheid. and war crimes, ”says the resolution.
Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Tyler Gregory called the legislation “factually inaccurate” and “inflammatory.”
“Rather than supporting all students whose families could be affected by the conflict – Israelis, Palestinians, Jews and Arabs – this vote will help make Jewish students feel unsafe and unwelcome in public schools in San Francisco.” , did he declare. “We are determined to fight for just and inclusive policies to support Jews and other marginalized communities in public education.
The ESUF adopted the resolution with 23 votes in favor, 6 against and 7 abstentions, reported Jewish News from Northern California.