NEWS & ANALYSIS

Teachers’ Union in San Francisco Shares Pro-Palestine Message, Supports Israel Boycott


Members of the teachers’ union for the San Francisco Unified School District shared their support for Palestine, and of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. 

So much for the care, safety and wellbeing of their Jewish students… 

According to an article published by the Jewish News of Northern California, the union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and is the first American union of public school teachers to back the BDS movement. 

The May 19 resolution was titled “Resolution in Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” 

“Whereas, 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 annually the the U.S. government gives to Israel, thus directly using our tax dollars to fund apartheid and war crimes,” the resolution states. 

It also demanded Israel end its “bombardment of Gaza and stop displacement at Sheikh Jarrahh,” the neighborhood in East Jerusalem that has become grounds for conflict between Israel and Palestine. 

Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Tyler Gregory called the resolution “factually inaccurate” and “inflammatory,” per Newsmax.  

“Rather than supporting all students whose families may be impacted by the conflict, Israelis, Palestinians, Jews, and Arabs, this vote will contribute to Jewish students feeling unsafe and unwelcome in San Francisco public schools,” he said. “We are committed to fighting for fair and inclusive policies to support Jews and other marginalized communities in public education.”