Hate lessons for Jewish youngsters

Hate lessons for Jewish youngsters

Children as young as three were told that ‘non-Jews’ were ‘evil’ in a kindergarten worksheet handed out at ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London.

The Independent reports that it has seen a worksheet given to boys aged three and four. In it, children were asked to complete questions related to the holiday of 21 Kislev, observed by Satmer Jews as the day its founder and holy Rebbe, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, escaped the Nazis.

The document refers to Nazis only as “goyim” – a term for non-Jews some people argue is offensive.

Emily Green, who chairs the Gesher EU organisation which supports ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to leave the community, said she used to teach at Beis Rochel, part of the Satmer Hasidic sect.

It’s not uncommon to be taught that non-Jewish people are evil in ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools. It is part of the prayers, teaching, their whole ethos.

Describing it as a form of “indoctrination” Green added:

Psychologically, you become so afraid of the world out there after being taught how dangerous and bad and evil non-Jews are, that it makes it harder to leave.

Independently translated from Yiddish for The Independent, the worksheet’s first question reads:

What have the evil goyim (non-Jews) done with the synagogues and cheders [Jewish primary schools]?

The answer in the completed worksheet reads: “Burned them.”

Another question asks:

What did the goyim want to do with all the Jews?

The answer, according to the worksheet, is: “Kill them”.

The anonymous whistleblower who handed the worksheet to the newspaper said:

It doesn’t explicitly refer to the Holocaust. It’s a document that teaches very young children to be very afraid and treat non-Jews very suspiciously because of what they did to us in the past.

It’s not a history lesson – you can’t say that. It’s a parable that is actively teaching the children extremism, hatred and a fear for the outside world.

A spokesperson for Beis Rochel said that the worksheets would be amended and apologised for any offence.

However they argued the phrase “goyim” was not offensive and accusations that they were indoctrinating children were “without basis”.

The language we used was not in any way intended to cause offence, now this has been brought to our attention, we will endeavour to use more precise language in the future.

• Pictured above is a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish lad in Jerusalem.

Hat tip: Angela K and John.

24 responses to “Hate lessons for Jewish youngsters”

  1. melvin polatnick says:

    East European Jews have not forgotten the pogroms instigated by the Tsar or the expulsion of Jews from Germany by the Nazi regime. So their children are taught to be angry at the white governments of Europe that caused such misery. They now feel more comfortable in a society where many races are integrated.

  2. L.Long says:

    What religions at there core DON’T TEACH HATE-FEAR-BIGOTRY???
    The most peace loving xtians use the buyBull a book of hate, bigotry, fear, & violence as their moral guide. Same for isLame, even the hindodo. Even though many jews are CULTURAL, their core is the OT buyBull.
    And what’s new with the jews anyway? The Roman kicked their asses, the Babylonians, and the Nazis tried as did the Czar.
    But according to their own book o’BS which ones above were the group that committed genocide 3 times?? Hint …their name does not start with a ‘N’!

  3. Broga says:

    These children are being sent fearful and maladjusted into the modern world. Atheism, with its openness and readiness to confront and challenge whatever beliefs arise, is so attractive by comparison.

  4. Angela_K says:

    Fascism and racism always flourish in irrational belief systems and one would expect that having suffered under the Nazis, the Jews wouldn’t be doing the same.

  5. Brian Jordan says:

    If these schools were taken into the state system and secularised, perhaps the teachers could concentrate on their apparent talents at teaching three and four year olds to read and write!

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    The Torah, the bible and the Quran all say in writing that outsiders are evil. Some of the faithful say so openly in their speech and deeds. The rest are liars.

    A preference for one’s own (by any definition) is not such a terrible thing. Systematic lying as the bonding agent for a group is unsightly.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Brian Jordan: Are you joking?

    PS Did that little boy win first prize in the fancy-dress competition for coming as a liquorice allsort?

  8. lucy1 says:

    @barriejohn If he didn’t, I would pay good money to see the child who did.

  9. Broga says:

    OT: Kim Davis the USA registrar who refused to marry gay couples has raised $1 from her supporters.

  10. L.Long says:

    Angela_K: there is a behavior that goes ….
    Why did you hit the little boy? The bigger boys hit me, I thought I should do the same.
    Just as the blacks seem to have forgotten what it is like to be spit on, so now they spit on gays, same principle. It seems that being treated badly informs people to treat other just as bad or even worse.

  11. Cali Ron says:

    Angela K and L.Long: Same thing with immigration in America. Each group that is persecuted as immigrants is the first and worse about persecuting the next group of immigrants. Rather than learn from their experiences the value of tolerance they lash out with misdirected anger at the next victims.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Broga: Do you have a link? The woman, though now a darling of the Right, is being vilified in the press, and even the Daily Mail has turned against her:

  13. zombiehunter says:

    I have to ask

    why is that kid in the picture wearing a liquorice allsort on his head?

  14. Broga says:

    @barriejohn: I haven’t got a link. I came across the $1 information on twitter. I’m even more techno incompetent than usual as my laptop has gone belly up. I’m currently using my wife’s with her guidance.

    I am hoping to collect my new laptop this week. The computer man who is setting up the machine says there are lots of people more hopeless than I am. I know him well and he knows only brutal candour will do. I think he intended to reassure me.

  15. barriejohn says:

    Broga: “If it doesn’t work hit it with a hammer.”*

    There are plenty of people claiming that Kim Davis is deliberately making a martyr of herself in the hope of raising money:

    *If that fails I could always put you in touch with my friend’s teenage son, who seems to know everything that there is to know about computers!

  16. AgentCormac says:

    @Broga & barriejohn

    Thank you for the insights into Kim’s wonderfully pure christian world which I’m sure is such an inspiration to us all. For those who haven’t followed the links, this bigot who stands in judgement of others has been married four times and had twins out of wedlock to her first husband. Her second husband adopted the twins after they married. She has been married twice to her current husband, Ed Davis.

    The leader of Liberty Counsel, which is providing Davis’s legal representation, has claimed that her past ‘does not matter’ because it was, apparently, ‘wiped clean’ four years ago when she converted to Christianity and is ‘something that’s not relevant to the issue at hand’. Oh, really?

    I wish I could say that the lovely Kim’s past was unbelievable. But quite frankly it isn’t. It is entirely believable. She is a hypocrite, a bigot and a fraud. She and her current ‘proud to be a redneck hillbilly’ husband can take their wonderful christian values and shove them right where the sun doesn’t shine. And by the way, who in their right mind voted this excuse for a human being into her job? Bloody idiots.

  17. Cali Ron says:

    Off topic: Just an FYI-just saw an unusual late post on the M Kalburgi post comments by t.suman. I’m not sure what to make of his comments.

    Agent Cormac: “And by the way, who in their right mind voted this excuse for a human being into her job?” That would be Kentucky, one of our most backwards, undereducated, but of course very christian, states. As for your assessment of them I can’t disagree. In progressive California she wouldn’t even be able to get elected dogcatcher, but we are at least a couple of decades ahead of Kentucky.

  18. barriejohn says:

    Agent Cormac: Are any more gullible than the religious? As others are saying – Swaggart, Bakker, Haggard, Duggar; the list goes on and on.

    “I have sinned!” “Oh, that’s OK then, carry on as before.”

    Standing next to their sweating husbands before the glaring lights of the disgrace-hungry media, women like Anna Duggar continue to smile wanly because the money men behind the culture wars have promised she can keep her four bedroom house and her SUV as long as she sticks to the script, leaving fickle news directors no recourse but to herd their crews off to the next 24 hour news cycle disaster.

    When the next duly appointed evangelical spokesperson appears, as they always do, the media never seems to ask the obvious question. “Is there a pattern here?”

    And when the next duly appointed evangelical spokesperson appears, as they always do, the media never seems to ask the obvious question. “Is there a pattern here?”

    (PS There’s definitely something very odd about the names of those particular miscreants, isn’t there?)

  19. jay says:

    @AgentCormac “The leader of Liberty Counsel, which is providing Davis’s legal representation, has claimed that her past ‘does not matter’ because it was, apparently, ‘wiped clean’ four years ago when she converted to Christianity and is ‘something that’s not relevant to the issue at hand’.”

    But we need to keep out the ad hominem. The real issue is her unwillingness to fulfill the obligations of her job (from which she should resign–as a private citizen she has a right to any opinion she wants), and not making a deal of past history. Dragging this other stuff is not unlike calling a former alcoholic a hypocritical drunk because their former action.

  20. lucy1 says:

    Ms Davis can have had a colourful a past as she likes. What particularly annoys me, in the middle of it, is that by her lights, she should not be giving certificates to divorced couples. but she does.

  21. John says:

    Interesting: the BBC is NOT reporting controversy in Australia after Abbott stated that ISIS were worse than the Nazis, leading to critical responses from jews and Zionists in Oz.
    Does anyone knows why the BBC is acting in this way?

  22. barriejohn says:

    John: It was reported yesterday.

    It always seems ridiculous attempting to rank evil people, anyway, especially when dealing with really horrendous behaviour.