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WJC President Lauder Labels Irish School Curriculum as Unabashedly Antisemitic – World Jewish Congress

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NEW
YORK – Reacting to an antisemitic
curriculum set for use April 29 to May 10 in Irish primary and secondary
schools, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder issued the following
statement: 

“The World Jewish Congress condemns the
unabashedly antisemitic curriculum titled ‘Talk about Palestine,’
developed by Teachers for Palestine, which comprises members of the Irish
National Teachers Organisation and the Teachers Union of Ireland. 

“This curriculum fans the flames of hate at a time of heightened global tensions and surging antisemitism, particularly in academic settings. For instance, the materials mendaciously charge Israel with genocide; omit the atrocities of October 7, including the mass murders and rapes that precipitated the latest round of fighting; and fail to reference the indiscriminate missile attacks on Israeli civilians as well as the Israelis taken hostage by Hamas, among many other egregious lapses.

“Moreover, the curriculum urges students
to ‘join the fight for Palestinian justice,’ and does not mention any peace
process or two-state solution. In other words, this initiative actively
promotes division, incites violence, and targets Jewish students for bullying
and isolation. 

“The World Jewish Congress calls on the
Irish government and educational authorities to
intervene immediately and prevent the use of this pernicious
curriculum. It is crucial that educational materials foster understanding and
dialogue rather than incite division and hate.  We stand with the
Jewish Representative Council of Ireland and advocate for
the adoption of a curriculum that reflects historical truths and
promotes peace.”

About the World Jewish Congress

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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