Schools: Protecting Jewish interests by shutting down debate

“To suggest that anti-Semitism can ever be explained, rather than condemned, is insensitive and, frankly, bizarre. AQA (A British school examination board -JG) needs to explain how and why this question was included in an exam paper… (It is) the duty of politicians to fight prejudice, and with anti-Semitism on the rise we need to be especially vigilant” – Michael Gove, Education Secretary.

Not surprisingly, a well-intended effort to examine the causes of anti-Semitism comes to grief on the grounds that it is not biased in favour of Jewish interests.  The head of the Board of Deputies of British Jews says that the exam question “…has nothing whatsoever to do with Jews or Judaism…” (say what??!) and the Rabbi in charge of a Jewish High School is of the opinion that “The role of education is to remove prejudices and not to justify them”. 

Of course, the simple act of asking an open-ended question doesn’t “justify” anything.  Then again, and I think this is the real reason for Jewish complaints, an open and fair examination of the causes of anti-Semitism may well determine that Jewish avarice and self-segregation, together with attacks on Christianity, and their supremacist attitudes and opinion of themselves as “the Chosen People”, may indeed turn people off and result in sometimes forcible resistance or even banishment. 

I cannot stress too much how important it is to read Professor Kevin MacDonald’s excellent work “Culture of Critique” in order to understand what is happening to Western civilisation, and how countless Jewish initiatives are aimed towards the destruction of White European power and, ultimately, the imposition of arms-length Jewish control over every aspect of our lives via some version of a “new world order”.

Returning to this particular issue, Jewish interests are quite clearly concerned that any serious discussion by British students of the causes of anti-Semitism may uncover some truths that they would rather keep away from prying eyes, in much the same way that the Israel – Jewish Lobby does not permit open debate of the relationship between Israel and the United States; “Controlling the debate is essential to guaranteeing US support, because a candid discussion of US-Israeli relations might lead Americans to favour a different policy.” – Mearsheimer and Walt: The Israel Lobby.

And a candid debate of the causes of anti-Semitism runs the risk of some unwelcome truths being aired, so that ‘debate’ must be shut down also.

Jeff Goodall.

Pupils asked ‘why do some people hate Jews?’ in GCSE exam

The Telegraph
Graeme Paton: May 24th, 2012

Ministers have criticised Britain’s biggest exam board after pupils were asked to explain “why some people are prejudiced against Jews” as part of a GCSE.

More than 1,000 teenagers are believed to have sat the religious studies test paper which challenged pupils to assess the reasons behind anti-Semitism.

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, which set the exam, said the question acknowledged that “some people hold prejudices” – and did not attempt to justify them.

But the move has prompted criticism from the Government and religious leaders.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, branded the move “insensitive”.

He told The Jewish Chronicle: “To suggest that anti-Semitism can ever be explained, rather than condemned, is insensitive and, frankly, bizarre. AQA needs to explain how and why this question was included in an exam paper.”

Mr Gove added that it was “the duty of politicians to fight prejudice, and with anti-Semitism on the rise we need to be especially vigilant”.

Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “Clearly this is unacceptable and has nothing whatsoever to do with Jews or Judaism.”

Pupils across Britain sat the GCSE exam in religious studies last week. It contained the question: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

A spokeswoman for AQA told The Jewish Chronicle that the question “acknowledges that some people hold prejudices; it does not imply in any way that prejudice is justified”.

The exam board insisted that the question was part of a paper focusing on Judaism and the “relevant part of the syllabus covers prejudice and discrimination with reference to race, religion and the Jewish experience of persecution”.

“We would expect [students to refer] to the Holocaust to illustrate prejudice based on irrational fear, ignorance and scapegoating,” she said.

She added: “The board is obviously concerned that this question may have caused offence, as this was absolutely not our intention”.

Ofqual, the official exams regular, said that it was in discussion with AQA, adding: “We will take appropriate follow-up action if necessary.”

Rabbi David Meyer, the executive head of Hasmonean High School, whose pupils did not sit the AQA test, told the paper that the question had “no place” in an exam.

“The role of education is to remove prejudices and not to justify them,” he said.

But Clive Lawton, formerly an A-level chief examiner for religious studies, said: “I do understand why people might react negatively to the question, but it is a legitimate one.

“Part of the syllabus is that children must study the causes and origins of prejudice against Jews.”

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