Ann Arbor, Michigan is a famous haven of left-wing activism in the purplish state so few would be surprised to learn Ann Arbor Public Schools introduced a school board resolution calling for a “bilateral” ceasefire. It also encourages teachers to “facilitate informed and respectful dialogue about the conflict” in their classrooms.
Robert Spencer, who leads Jihad Watch, tells AFN he was not surprised a liberal community introduced what he calls “pro-jihad propaganda” in its schools.
“The Left's favorite religion is Islam,” he says. “And they love the Palestinians. They hate Israel. So this is a direct result of the left takeover of American education."
The Far Left’s sympathy for the Palestinians and hatred of Jews has been evident in recent months, from college campuses to liberal city governments, but Ann Arbor’s resolution did not pass so easily. The school board's Jan. 17 meeting stretched to five hours after 120 people gave public comments, and a petition denouncing the resolution collected nearly 2,000 signatures, according to The Associated Press.
“This resolution does not help advance the quality of life of one single child in this district,” said Daniel Sorkin, identified as the parent of two children in Ann Arbor schools.
When it was time to vote, four of seven school board members voted to approve it and two abstained.
One likely issue for Ann Arbor, the AP story said, is the student population of nearby University of Michigan. It includes about 6,500 Jewish students who make up 15% of the student population.