California State Senator Scott Wiener is surprised to be met with open antisemitism at a San Francisco menorah lighting after championing antisemitic curriculum in the state's schools
December 14, 2023 - California State Senator Scott Wiener tweeted on X today his horror at hearing bystanders shout "Free Palestine" at him in Union Square at a Hanukkah celebration there. "Harassing Jews celebrating a holiday has nothing to do with the war & everything to do with antisemitism," he wrote.
One wonders what planet Wiener has been living on. Does he still think those who oppose the Jewish State of Israel separate their feelings about Israel from those about Jews? Jewish university students across the country have been subjected to mobs chasing them - only because they're Jewish. They've received mass emails suggesting they should be gassed, and megaphones in school hallways loudly proclaiming that Jews should be eradicated from, not only Israel, but the globe.
Wiener has built his career as an advocate for homosexual and transgender rights. He authored legislation that allowed male prisoners - fully biological males - who "identify" as women to be transferred to women's prisons.
As a side gig, Wiener has done his part to promote the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in California schools. The basic tenet of CRT is that the world is divided into two basic groups, the oppressed and the oppressors. Every ethnic category can be fit into one or the other of these two groups.
Wiener voted in favor of an ethnic studies requirement for California high schools and a model curriculum that are imbued with CRT. AB 101, signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2021, has been condemned by Amcha Initiative, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism at colleges and universities in the United States. "There is a vocal and active faction of extremists who have long been seeking to inject their antisemitic and anti-Zionist agenda into our nation's classrooms, and today that faction succeeded," Amcha wrote of AB 101's passage.
The reason Amcha Initiative believes the CRT-infused new curriculum will promote antisemitism is because, in the framework of oppressor and oppressed, Jews are regarded as oppressors. Why? Why is one of the most persecuted ethnic groups on earth regarded by these ivory tower CRT theorists as oppressors? Because, by and large, Jews are successful. Success is a hallmark of an oppressor group. Failure and poverty are hallmarks of the oppressed. AB 101 allows schools to adopt curricula for the required ethnic studies class that discuss the illegitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel and the "racial privilege" of America's Jews.
That is the legislation about which Wiener stated on the senate floor, "The curriculum would not be teaching anti-semitism or any form of hate." Nothing could be further from the truth. The people devising the curricula, curricula that have been adopted by several school districts, include those like the Ethnic Studies Faculty Council at the University of California. The ESFC refuse to call the October 7 attack by Hamas "terrorism" and in fact criticized University of California leadership for "irresponsibly wield[ing]" the word in order to describe the October 7 massacre.
So, no, Senator Wiener, you have no right to be surprised to be confronted by blatant antisemitism as you attempt to be a Jew in Union Square. You have no right to be surprised that the Hanukkah menorah at Lake Merritt in Oakland had been chopped into bits and thrown into the lake. You have no right to be surprised by the Oakland City Council voting to support a cease fire in Gaza but not to condemn the Hamas attack, which one resident claimed was an Israeli Defense Force lie.
You helped create this antisemitism and have worked hard to perpetuate it in the state of California.