The annual California Council for the Social Studies Conference was held last weekend at the Oakland Marriott. In addition to the usual textbook and software vendors, the fringe group of anti-Israel activists also had a booth.
NGO Monitor on Jewish Voice for Peace
(JVP) ...views itself as the "Jewish wing" of the Palestinian solidarity movement. Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its "enemy" and "opponent," it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table. The strategy, as stated by JVP's executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create "a wedge" within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel. The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government's economic, military, and political support for Israel.
JVP activists lured people to their table with a huge pile of Hershey's miniatures, and reeled in their unsuspecting victims by encouraging them to take a spin on their wheel of "truth" Those who fell for it were subjected to a false historical narrative of out of context quotes, misrepresentations, deletions and downright lies.
In the JVP mindset, Israel "seized" the Gaza strip and the West bank, but Israel's near miraculous defeat of 6 Arab armies in that war was not worth a mention. To JVP, Israel's "wall"- never mind that 97% is a fence- exists to prevent Palestinian access to Israel. Its security function and its success at protecting the Israeli population went unmentioned. The mythical "right" of return, the libel of "Jewish only" roads, the lie of racial segregation- long discredited tropes were dug up and displayed at this convention. History and truth were discarded.
The mission of the California Council for Social Studies states
"We want our students to understand the value, the importance, and the fragility of democratic institutions to develop a keen sense of ethics and citizenship, and to care deeply about the quality of life in their community, their nation and their world."
It hard to see how the lies and demonization spread by JVP work towards that aim.
One teacher painstaking explained to the activists why the 4 part maps that were distributed did not show a historical reality. She was summarily and rudely dismissed.
We'll give her the last word.