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BDS can be crushed from the grass roots on up the chain

 

Shown here (l-r): Sandi Solomon, president and co-founder, Zionistas; Harriet Moldau; Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations; David Moldau; Diana Scimone, co-founder, Zionistas; Linda Welker; and Judy Shujman, co-founder, Zionistas.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of the Christian Zionist NPO Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), is a force to be reckoned with. She is straight-forward and stands upon biblical principles to bring about change in her own state of Tennessee and the rest of the United States. Her latest endeavor has been campaigning to defend the Jewish state from the scourge of BDS that pushes to boycott and economically attack Israel.

Last Wednesday evening, Cardoza-Moore was invited by the Zionistas to addressed a group of about 80 people in Altamonte Springs-Christians and Jews-about the anti-BDS campaign PJTN launched in Tennessee with a resolution against investing in companies taking part in the boycott movement. After successfully passing the anti-BDS resolution in Tennessee in April, a similar success was scored in Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

"Since then momentum is growing," said Cardoza-Moore, noting that 41 states and seven countries have requested information about the anti-BDS resolution passed in Tennessee to introduce in their state legislatures and parliaments.

"Our goal is to have all 50 states by the end of this year, and at the rate that we're going I think that we'll accomplish that goal," she told the attentive audience that applauded when she further stated, "Our goal is to obliterate BDS and crush it in the United States."

Turning her attention to what is being taught in American schools, she noted, "BDS wasn't formed in a vacuum." She then talked about the long-term goal of teaching "globalization standards" to students through the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is an educational initiative that details what K–12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or to enter the workforce.

Sounds like a good plan. However, Cardoza-Moore enlightened the audience about the world history, geography and social studies textbooks distributed by Pearson Publishers to seventh-grade classes across the country, including Seminole and Orange counties. The mission statement of this publisher is to "change the way America thinks," by indoctrinating children to globalization standards. (See Heritage article "What are children learning about Islam in school?" in the April 10, 2015 issue)

"It is important to stand up to the school board members and demand that textbooks reflect the values of our community, they be unbiased and are historically accurate," Cardoza-Moore proclaimed.

In Tennessee, her grassroots group told their school board that if things did not change, they would not be re-elected. And guess what? Everyone of them was not re-elected and the new board members removed Pearson textbooks in that district and eventually the legislature removed the textbooks from all the schools in their state. But not without a fight from Jeb Bush, a staunch supporter of Common Core who spoke passionately with the Tennessee congressmen trying to sway them against the wishes of the people.

"If we don't teach our children about values, our constitution and Israel, there will be no one to pass the baton to," Cardoza-Moore stated.

Another area PJTN is focusing on is a media campaign to accompany the legislative push, in an attempt to spread awareness of how BDS is a form of anti-Semitism, targeting Jewish students as well as Christian Zionists on college campuses around the U.S.

Cardoza-Moore introduced the audience to PJTN's media campaign with a short clip of the documentary video called "Israel...the Apartheid State?" The documentary reveals the true picture that is not being presented by the media through the use of comedy. As part of it, the group interviewed Palestinian Arabs working for Jewish employers in Judea and Samaria, who said that if they lose their jobs, which are threatened by BDS, they and their families would die. (This has already happened with the closing of the SodaStream factory in the West Bank that employed many Palestinians.)

"If we bring people the unvarnished truth people will get it, they will understand," said Cardoza-Moore, noting that Americans by and large support the Jewish state.

In conclusion, Cardoza-Moore said that Israel is on the front line in the war against radical Islam, and warned that if America doesn't support the Jewish state it will be next in line.

 

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