by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Eventually, the administrators of the North Carolina Teachers United Facebook page removed the post reproduced below. But the debate continued in a subsequent post and has been just as contentious.
For example, one teacher wrote, “Just came here to say Free Palestine and being anti-Israeli government/genocide/occupation does not equate to antisemitism. Thanks so much.” Another wrote, “Gaza is essential annopen [sic] air prison and Israel is an apartheid state with Israel systematically attempting to ethnically cleanse palestinians [sic] from their homes.” I am surprised by the volume of anti-Israel sentiment throughout the comments. Perhaps I shouldn’t be.