Politics in classrooms, “terrorism” at union meetings…

A little more on the case I mentioned yesterday, in which a teacher tried to get a boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) resolution passed in a Ontario teacher’s union.

The forces mobilized against the resolution, Canada’s Globe and Mail reports, included B’nai Brith and the Jewish Defense League (JDL). .

The JDL is on the US State Department’s terrorist list.


A little more on the case I mentioned yesterday, in which a teacher tried to get a boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) resolution passed in a Ontario teacher’s union.

The forces mobilized against the resolution, Canada’s Globe and Mail reports, included B’nai Brith and the Jewish Defense League (JDL). .

The JDL is on the US State Department’s terrorist list.

Now I’m aware of the politicized nature of terrorist lists, especially that of the State Department. But the JDL would be on any list that defined terrorism as killing civilians for political ends. The point here though is that a group that’s on the State Department’s terrorist list is openly operating in Toronto, agitating against teachers trying to pass resolutions against Israel’s human rights violations. As for B’nai Brith, they come endorsed by Stephen Harper, Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister. Despite his abysmal environmental credentials, Harper is in favor of recycling and his cabinet includes many recycled provincial conservatives who were important in breaking the Ontario teacher’s union during the “Common Sense Revolution”, the ugly era of conservative rule in Ontario from 1995-2003.

This does not bode well for education around here.

Author: Justin Podur

Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.