Major teachers' unions are pushing the pro-Palestinian cause - and receiving major pushback


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Members and supporters of the United Teachers of Los Angeles union wave and cheer in a downtown Los Angeles park at the end of a strike, Jan. 22, 2019. In September 2021, the union will vote on a controversial resolution to back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel.

(JTA) - Public school unions in the U.S. are increasingly becoming a hotbed of Israel discourse, with the largest teachers' union becoming the latest organized body to deliberate measures that censure Israel and support the Palestinian cause.

Members of the National Education Association at the group's annual meeting held over the weekend (with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, a longtime educator, in attendance) planned to debate two items on Israel and the Palestinians among the more than 60 items on its virtual agenda. Both sought to make the union publicize some measure of...

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