Massachusetts high school students
pretended to be Muslims in the "Islamic" city of Jerusalem as part of a
class assignment used in Newton Public Schools to teach about the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a new report revealed.
One father was particularly upset when he discovered his daughter had
been assigned what he described as an inflammatory pro-Palestinian,
anti-Israel article, according to the report. The man was allegedly told
by the school's principal that lessons the next year would be even more
upsetting to him.
The class assignment, “Cities: Connecting the Islamic Word,” was
published in an excerpt from a book by CAMERA, the Committee for
Accuracy in Middle East Reporting.
“As our concluding project on the Islamic world, you will work in groups
to simulate a historical hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca in class," a teacher
wrote in the assignment description. "Each of you will be part of a
group of Muslim pilgrims from one of the following eight Islamic cities
or regions, around a rough time period.”
One of the eight “Islamic” cities is Jerusalem, and students are
instructed to set up a “tent,” which will display newspaper articles
about “their” cities and cultural artifacts to represent their Islamic
The CAMERA report,
“Indoctrinating Our Youth: How a U.S. Public School Curriculum Skews the
Arab-Israeli Conflict and Islam,” is a case study on allegedly biased
materials used by Newton Public Schools to teach 9th and 10th graders
about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Islamic history and culture.
Newton is located about seven miles outside Boston, in a Middlesex
“Citizens of Newton have been waging a minor war with school officials
for years now, trying to get them to use balanced curriculum in their
teaching materials on the subject of Islam and the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict,” Judicial Watch Senior Investigator Bill Marshall told Fox
Marshall detailed his investigation, alongside chairman of Citizens for
National Security Dr. Bill Saxton, in an op-ed for the American Thinker.
The results of the research compiled by Saxton and Marshall were used in
the CAMERA report.
Newton parents and residents contacted Saxton, who heads CFNS, a
Florida-based research organization that vets textbooks for factual
accuracy to get them corrected or removed. Saxton spearheaded the
two-year effort with Marshall at Judicial Watch to get the release of
nearly 600 pages of teaching material from the Newton Public Schools.
Saxton told Fox News the Newton school board and superintendent were
“very uncooperative” and “non-transparent” regarding what was in their
“I’m not sure we got everything,” Saxton said. “[But] we got so much
damning material to go ahead with it.”
He added: “Parents and grandparents have absolutely no idea what their
children and grandchildren are reading and hearing in school about
history and geography. How many of them have read or looked at their
textbooks, for example?”
Marshall said the teaching materials “use as little, if any material on
the violent history of Islam.” In one lesson plan on the "Spread of
Islam" the teacher’s notes indicate Muslim conquerors acted “decently”
to their subjects.
“When you hear so much caterwauling from the Left about religion being
mixed in the school, it’s a little troubling when kids are being asked
to go on an imaginary Hajj,” Marshall said.
Saxton called it an example of a “purposeful attempt to indoctrinate our
impressionable high-schoolers with the 'virtues' of Islam at the expense
of Christianity, Judaism and other religions.”
Newton Public Schools did not respond to a request for comment.