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Board of Education Resolution on Antisemitism

Antisemitism Resolution

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Chappaqua Central School District (the “Board”) is united with our administration, staff and faculty in repudiating antisemitism.

WHEREAS, the Board is resolute in its commitment to foster an environment free from antisemitism in our school district and the school community;

WHEREAS, the Board believes that our students must be educated to recognize antisemitism and refrain from participating in its advancement; 

WHEREAS, the Board understands the importance of appropriate discourse in our classes that analyze global issues from multiple perspectives;

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the role of educators and public education in molding future generations of citizens who will be informed, ethical, moral, engaged and active participants in a civil society;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board adopts the following definition of antisemitism to support the instructional and social-emotional goals identified in the District’s Equity Policy and the District’s Educational Philosophy;

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, 2016)

Contemporary examples of antisemitism listed on the U.S. Department of State website include:

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board recognizes that criticism of Israel’s government, similar to that leveled against any other country’s government, cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

This resolution shall be noted along with the District’s Equity Policy 0130.