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Thursday, September 03, 2015 

What the Satmar in UK teach 3-year-olds about non-Jews

The UK Independent got information from a whistleblower about what the Satmar in Britain are teaching their children about non-Jews:
British three-year-olds have been told "the non-Jews" are “evil” in a Kindergarten worksheet handed out at ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London, it can be revealed.

Documents seen by The Independent show children are taught about the horrors of the Holocaust when they are still in kindergarten at the Beis Rochel boys’ school in north London.

A whistle-blower, who wished to remain anonymous, has shown The Independent a worksheet given to boys aged three and four at the school. 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.
Now it is vital to teach about the horrors of the Holocaust. (And if the paper's suggesting something's wrong with that, then they're screwing up there.) But when the Satmar's schools don't specify who exactly the enemy and their ideologies were, and blur the differences between all non-Jews, that's reprehensible and demonstrates a show of ingratitude for the righteous gentiles who risked their lives to help Jews in danger.

It'll be no surprise if the worksheet makes no mention of Teitelbaum's betrayals of his own community either. The reason "goyim" might be considered insulting to non-Jews today is because of how these Haredis turned it into an insult; here in Israel, they've practically turned "shiksa" into a misogynist slur against non-Haredi women (and probably turned "shkut" into a slur against non-Haredi men.)
Emily Green, who used to teach at the same Beis Rochel girls’ secondary school, now chairs the Gesher EU organisation which supports ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to leave the community.

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

Describing it as a form of “indoctrination”, Ms 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.”
Actually, a better question might be why they'd want to remain in a foreign country and not come back to Israel. That's the bizarre thing about the Satmar: they say it's forbidden until the Messiah comes, when their isolationism only leads the opposite, and continue to reside in countries where they end up exploiting tax money for their socialist lifestyle.
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?” – to which the answer, according to the worksheet, is: “Kill them.”.

“It doesn’t explicitly refer to the Holocaust,” the source said. “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.”
It's also causing serious embarrassment for the rest of Jewish society, which the Satmar don't even regard as part of the same race simply because they're not Haredis. That the lesson assignment doesn't actually refer clearly to the Holocaust is also fishy, because it suggests they consider anybody who isn't Haredi like them expendable.
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.”
Sorry, but their education and defense of their MO does not match or compute. I've got a hunch they won't actually modify the structure of their worksheets either; they'll just wait till they think this blows over and go right back to their old tricks again. I've got a feeling their overlords know quite well they're leading to another risk of anti-semitism, but that it's perfectly acceptable to them that they're hurting all of their followers.

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