Union leader Randi Weingarten criticized Jews as “part of the ownership class” dedicated to denying opportunities to others in an interview released on Friday.
Weingarten—who is herself Jewish and draws a six-figure salary as head of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—took aim at American Jews in an interview with the Jerusalem Post. When asked about parents critical of the AFT’s resistance to school reopening, Weingarten took aim squarely at Jewish critics.
“American Jews are now part of the ownership class,” Weingarten said. “Jews were immigrants from somewhere else. And they needed the right to have public education. And they needed power to have enough income and wealth for their families that they could put their kids through college and their kids could do better than they have done.”
“What I hear when I hear that question is that those who are in the ownership class now want to take that ladder of opportunity away from those who do not have it,” she said.
Weingarten’s comments come after months of political conflict about whether to reopen school system as vaccinations ramp up and the coronavirus crisis recedes.
A major Jewish advocacy group ripped Weingarten for being “inaccurate and dangerous” in her generalizations about the Jewish community. StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education organization, said the union boss was “out of touch” with the experience of Jewish students and came close to trafficking in anti-Semitism. – READ MORE
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