Brazilian University Solicits Professor to Teach Zionism as a Racist Concept

Much to the consternation of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, the university wants curricula on the similarities between apartheid, Nazism, and Zionism.

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A portrait of Theodor Herzl, father of Zionism, at the site of the declaration of Israel's independence.
A portrait of Theodor Herzl, father of Zionism, at the site of the declaration of Israel's independence.Credit: David Bachar
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A Brazilian federal university released a public notice saying it wants to hire a teacher who must teach that Zionism is a racist concept.

The ABC Federal University seeks a teacher of “racial-ethnic relations” who must include in the curricula the subject “connections of whiteness and racist regimes: apartheid, Nazism, Zionism.”

The president of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, Fernando Lottenberg, met Brazilian minister of education Mendonca Filho on Tuesday to discuss the notice. In addition, the Jewish official spoke about pre-university exams on Saturdays and adding Jewish history to the national school curricula.

The minister was “surprised and upset” and declared that he finds the case “absurd,” according to a statement from the confederation.

“A course intended to fight racism seeks a teacher to look at a part of Jews with racist eyes,” wrote a respected columnist of the influential Veja magazine.

“The true catastrophe, which sometimes seems to be unsolvable, is education, at all levels. An ABC university notice exposes the depth of our tragedy,” added columnist Reinaldo Azevedo.

The selected teacher will earn $2,500 per month. Founded in 2005 in the Sao Paulo metro area, UFABC is the only federal university in Brazil with 100 per cent of its professors holding doctorate degrees.

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