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June 10, 2021
We, the undersigned, have come together to express our disappointment and dismay over the Wellesley Public School system’s decision to forgo neutrality on political issues. Its decision to choose sides in such matters is detrimental to our community and encourages separation instead of support for one another. We believe that a united community is our best hope for our children’s future and want to express our commitment and desire for everyone to be treated equally and fairly—both by members of the community and by the community’s school system.
The town’s schools, however, disagree and have instead promoted division. For example, they have chosen to force the schools to hang up “Black Lives Matter” flags on each school’s property. The problem with this decision is not the concept behind the slogan. There is not one of us who knows anyone in Wellesley, or anyone anywhere for that matter, who disagrees that Black people’s lives matter. They absolutely do. The problem is that the flag and the slogan mirror those of the Black Lives Matter, or BLM, political organization and the associated political movement. That organization has publicly proclaimed, on its Twitter feed and elsewhere, that it avidly seeks to destroy the State of Israel and to murder millions of Jewish people in the process. It has stated that it will not stop until both goals have been achieved: “We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation (always have, and always will be). #freepalestine.” (Israel ended its presence in Gaza in 2005. So, for the last sixteen years, the Palestinian people have been self-governing there.)
According to the FBI’s Hate Crime statistics, anti-Semitism is on a rapid rise in the United States. Just recently, a myriad of hate crimes were committed against Jewish people for the sole reason that they are Jewish. BLM has helped fuel this hatred, and the recent crimes against Jews have been a direct result of BLM’s political and violent rhetoric. Physical assaults against Jewish people have been reported to authorities in, just to name a few, California, Arizona, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Florida. The BLM flags cause a lot of fear for Jewish students, and that should not be tolerated.
Again, we do not seek to take the flags down because we do not believe in the fundamental cause of liberty for everyone. We seek to take them down because they are political in nature and are divisive. The schools have chosen to support some political causes over others. We do not agree with that, and we believe a lot of people don’t either. All students and their families should feel free to support the political causes they deem suitable for themselves. The schools should not be deciding such things for us. Please join us in calling for the removal of the BLM flags, and of all politics, from our schools.
Moshe and Geni Bleich
Ishay and Lauren Grinberg
Bruce and Jayne Kaufman
Ofer and Niki Levi
Mark and Sheryl Perechocky
Peter and Marcy Rosenberg
Arthur and Marina Shektman
Ian and Natalie Starr
Aliana and Alexander E. von Richthofen
Guy and Maya Yehiav