Scope of the Problem
Since 2018 the National Education Association (NEA) has been presenting several business items to be voted on at their annual conferences, which single out the state of Israel and present a one-sided narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The New Business Items, which have been brought at the NEA's annual conferences over the years, cover topics such as:
- Condemnation of United States Aid to Israel
- BDS Rhetoric
- Palestinian terrorism as "heroic struggle"
- Israel as an alleged apartheid state
2018 & 2019
NEA members proposed two business items consecutively in 2018 and 2019 that specifically singled out Israel for condemnation: NBI 92 and NBI 26. They condemned US aid to Israel and claimed that the aid goes toward “apartheid, atrocities, and gross violations of human rights of Palestinian children and families by the State of Israel.” The resolutions did not pass.
In 2021, the NEA voted on two items attacking Israel – New Business Item 29 (NBI 29) and New Business Item 51 (NBI 51). New Business Item (NBI) 29 referred to Palestinian terrorism as a "heroic struggle" against alleged Israeli "ethnic cleansing," and requested the NEA "call on the United States government to stop arming and supporting Israel." NBI 51, demanded the NEA to "use existing digital communication tools to educate members and the general public about the history, culture, and struggles of Palestinians." The resolutions did not pass.
In 2022, the National Education Association brought forward three items that distorted the facts about Israel at their annual conference. NBI 1, which called for NEA members to teach students about the “Palestinian situation” was rejected. NBI 9, which called for the NEA to highlight the stories of Palestinian students, was rejected. NBI 13, which demanded that NEA members educate students on “the history, geography and current affairs of the Palestinian people” was approved.