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Islamophobe Charles Jacobs Crusade Against Newton Schools

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By Emperor

Charles Jacobs, a prolific far right-wing, Zionist, Neo-Conservative propagandist has a well known history of anti-Muslim activism.

The Forward listed Charles Jacobs as one of America’s Top 50 Jewish leaders in 2007. Apparently they were looking more at the range of his activism and less at what mischief he was actually up to.

Jacobs has been a founder of Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, the American Anti-Slavery Group, and the David Project, a member of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and has now created the oxymoronically named Americans for Peace and Tolerance. Jacobs has taken Abe Foxman to task for being too soft on Muslims.

Jacobs, who describes Pamela Geller as his “heroine” has led efforts against mosques and campus organizations, doing whatever he can to cast a wide net of suspicion over the entire Muslim American community. He is also known for vicious personal attacks on other Jews who don’t agree with his views and criticize his witch-hunt campaigns.

This past school year Jacobs turned his attention to the Newton, Massachusetts’ school curriculum, describing it as “anti-Semitic” and claiming that it propagated, “proselytized” for and “glorified Islam.”

Florida Islamophobes look through section on Islam in history text.

Florida Islamophobes look through section on Islam in history text.

Such efforts, viewed within a nationwide context, highlight the concerted efforts of Islamophobic hate groups in attacking public school curricula for using textbooks that include lessons on Islam and Muslims.

In the South for instance, ACT! For America and the Eagle Forum have attempted to challenge, expunge and or change the teaching of Islam in History and Social Studies courses in states such as Alabama, TexasTennessee and Florida.

Jacobs’ crusade is in the same vein, piggy-backing off of a complaint of anti-Semitism made by a single parent regarding Newton’s History curriculum (the complaint was rejected) Jacobs and his organization, “Americans for Peace and Tolerance,” took out full page ads in Massachusetts newspapers claiming biased texts that “teach lies, hate and intolerance,”

Newton_Schools_Globe-BW.inddBeginning on Oct. 23, ads criticizing the Newton curriculum began running in the Boston Herald, Newton Tab, Metro Boston, Jewish Advocate, and Boston Globe. The ads say the district uses “biased texts” to teach lies, hate, and intolerance.

Charles Jacobs, president of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, said he cannot prove that all of the passages cited in the ads are actually taught to students, but that any book that contains such passages should not be part of the curriculum. He said it is up to the schools to make the entire curriculum publicly available to prove there is no anti-Semitism.

“We don’t know exactly what students are being taught, we know what’s in those books,” said Jacobs. “They won’t tell us what students are being taught.”

Superintendent David Fleishman, who along with Hills was named personally in the ads, said the district encourages parents to read the curriculum. He has not heard from a single Newton parent concerned about the teaching materials since the ads ran, he said.

The Anti-Defamation League has deeply disagreed with Jacobs, describing his ads as misleading, beyond reasonable criticism,

Parents should not be worried by allegations in the ads, he said. “The Newton public schools do not have an agenda to delegitimize Israel and glorify Islam,” Trestan said.

The gutter tactics employed by Jacobs and his organizations are once again on display, this time endangering the life of school curriculum vice chairman Matt Hills,

Some of the ads featured the home telephone number for Hills, and he said he has received more than 100 calls, some in the middle of the night and almost all from outside Newton. The police, said Hills, “were wonderful and continue to be wonderful in providing security to our home.”

Numerous Rabbinic clergy have also condemned Jacobs in the past and this time it was no different.

Clergy at Temple Emanuel, where Hills attends and where his wife is president, sent out a joint statement last week demanding that the ads be retracted, calling them “baseless” and “scurrilous.”

Eric Gurvis, rabbi at Temple Shalom and father of three Newton North alumni and one current student, called the ads “a witch hunt to promote a very narrow agenda.”

Gurvis, who said he has had run-ins with Americans for Peace and Tolerance in the past, said he remembered the 2011 incident at Newton South that sparked the earlier controversy, but called it an example of accountability by the school because the material at issue was removed.

“There are things in that ad that are based on things that actually happened, but a lot of it is hyperbole based on a trumping-up of what happened and a shading of the facts,” he said. “I just don’t think that’s a legitimate way to conduct discourse in a community.”

Gurvis said the Watertown organization has already had its concerns addressed many times.

“Peace and tolerance is not what their work is really about,” he said.

Jacobs isn’t letting the humiliation of his claims being consistently rejected end his crusade against Newton schools. He created another organization, this one called “Open Newton Schools” for the purpose of continuing his quixotic and bigoted campaign to pressure Newton Schools to implement his version of pseudo-history and hate-filled beliefs regarding Islam and Muslims.

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    This seems to sum up quite aptly the strategy, how effective it is, I don’t know. Clearly it resonates somewhere to the tune of millions.

  • jameyfan

    his goal is divide Muslims from all others and alienate us! They go after all interfaith groups simply by putting doubts in people’s heads even with baseless accusations. It has worked and will continue to work as long as we have wimps in this country. Sadly he has alot of zionist and ignorant fans and alot of funding to promote their hateful organization. They are zionist extremist who don’t give a sh*t about our country. They are also very well protected with tons of lawyers on their side.

  • jameyfan

    very well said Linda!

  • jameyfan

    These guys are causing havoc everywhere and are now opening new chapters elsewhere not just Boston. They have a reputation of dividing Muslims from their Jewish and Christian friends and putting pressure on synagogues friendly with Muslims. They have a reputation of accusing all prominent Muslim figures without any evidence using “guilt by association” tactic. By using this tactic it’s hard to sue them. Many hateful comments have been made on their site such as “There are no moderate Muslims”. It’s obvious it’s not about peace and tolerance but HATE. Their hate site should be shut down! We should all petition to shut it down.

  • sam

    500000 muslims murdered 1980 russia invasion of afghan…..300000 muslims killed israel invades lebanon…..1.2 million iran iraq deaths in war [reagan had agreed not to attack iran if hostages released…he didnt attack he paid saddam toattack]…..300000 bosnian muslims killed by serb christians…..200000 algerian muslims killed by french paramilitary ‘muslims’ after voting in islamic party……200000 iraqi muslims killed gulf war 1……200000 iraqi muslims killed gulf war 2 [mo wmd’s found]…..vs….3000 killed in 9/11 false flag operation

  • Concerned

    This is why people are becoming anti-islam…

    2014.06.24 (Witu, Kenya) – Eleven people are hacked and shot to death at close range in a suspected al-Shabaab attack.
    2014.06.24 (Spinwam, Pakistan) – Three others are murdered by a Ansarul Mujahideen suicide bomber.
    2014.06.24 (Kabamu, Nigeria) – Twenty-one people are reported dead after an attack by Muslim terrorists.
    2014.06.24 (Pattani, Thailand) – A Buddhist man is shot and set on fire by Muslim terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    “Oh NOSE, THE EVIL MUSLAMIC EMPIRE IS TRYING TO INDOCTRINATE OUR CHILDREN BY HISTORICAL FACTS”

    What a bunch of idiots

  • CrackedupinNewton

    Really happy to come across your article. I’m so sick and tired of the witch hunt and slandering these people have put our local school educators, administrators and public officials through with their witch hunt. The school system in this city isn’t perfect, but it is excellent and listening to these folks you would think that they substituted English class with Arabic. Their goal is to make sure that curricular materials comport with their extremist agenda and their litmus test. They can keep tilting at windmills all they want cause this city isn’t going to be bullied by them.

  • Reynardine

    Have you gotten rid of Disqust? This is coming up very differently on my browser.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Watch the video.

  • Ali

    What?

  • Iman

    An Arab proverb” the most evil affliction is the one that makes you laugh” . This man is an affliction and am laughing . Hhhhhh

  • Iman

    Hhhhhhh

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    “I’m not afraid of evil”
    Seeing as she’s evil herself, it’s not all that surprising.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    “Oh Brigitte, here’s your ass”

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    What positive outcome does Jacobs hope to achieve through such efforts that are derided even by former allies in the ADL?

  • Yausari

    Way the go guys. We conquered Germany! (sarcasm)

    WATCH: German Public TV Slams Pamela Geller’s Anti-Muslim Hate Ads

  • Yausari

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  • The greenmantle

    What Newton Students are Really Learning !

    Yup I think they are learning that this chap is a nutter !

    Sir David

  • John Smith

    The censorship of education is the first step to indoctrination. This holds true anywhere in the world.

  • mindy1

    Am glad that other Jews are condemning this. No one should be scared for doing their jobs, or for trying to teach kids.

  • Reynardine

    Peace and tolerance?…Someone as shameless as that probably doesn’t wear pants.

  • Lithium2006

    Islamophobic leaders fight tooth and nail against any positive representation of Islam mainly because it threatens their means of income from generating hatred. They’re customer base is already shrinking because most of their followers are old folks still thinking in the Cold War precision rights era mentality. The newer generation is much less bigoted and more open minded with each passing year. They know the money stream is drying up and they’ll do anything to keep it flowing.

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