By Cynthia Blank
An anti-Israel education program that has made the rounds across high schools in the United States has now been fully incorporated into Boston University's curriculum.
According to Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), the Axis of Hope group's workshop, "Whose Jerusalem," has found a permanent home at The Global Literacy Institute at BU's School of Education.
"Whose Jerusalem" focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and, according to APT President Charles Jacobs, it portrays "a highly inaccurate account of history," while simultaneously trying to "indoctrinate students against the state of Israel."
Describing the program during an interview with Al Jazeera TV, creator Carl Hobart defined the workshop as "educational, civil disobedience where students are...putting pressure on our government to create a Palestinian state."
A BU professor, Hobart uses simulated negotiation exercises to argue the root cause of the conflict boils down to miscommunication, which could be resolved by rational discussion between "morally equivalent parties."
The workshop whitewashes Hamas' terrorism and treats the group as an equivalent to Israel's ruling Likud party. Jewish students are even singled out to play members of Hamas - an organization that calls for the genocide of the Jewish people.
Dr. Sandra Alfonsi, Chair of Hadassah’s “Curriculum Watch,” said, “Axis of Hope is a pedagogically flawed program by a self-styled guru of Educational Civil Disobedience promoting anti-Israel propaganda to well-meaning students who want to bring peace to the world.”
And yet, despite criticism of the clearly biased workshop, Hobart's program has been adopted as a Common Core compliant of BU's School of Education, and has already been taught to a slew of New England teachers to bring back to their schools.