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California has adopted an ethnic studies curriculum, but Palestine has been scrubbed out of it

California has become the first state in the country to adopt an ethnic studies curriculum for its high schools, but the history of Palestine has been scrubbed from the educational program.

On Thursday, California State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the curriculum. “We are reminded daily that racism is not only a legacy of the past but a clear and present danger,” said the board’s president Linda Darling-Hammond. “We must understand this history if we are finally to end it.”

In 2019, the bill was held up after some claimed the program singled out Israel and failed to adequately address antisemitism. The backlash was fueled by right-wing, pro-Israel groups and the app Act.IL (which is partially funded by the Israeli government) called on its users to oppose its implentation.

The anger was in reaction to a Arab American Studies course, which had been drafted by the state’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Advisory Committee. The course noted the community’s underrepresentation in media and defined the BDS movement for students.

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