Statement on Middle East conflict

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Concerns have come up about motions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict brought up at some of the eight UTLA Area meetings this month. The motions were debated and discussed, and they passed in some of the Area meetings. They did not pass in all of the meetings.

This is part of our democratic process as a union. Any UTLA member can bring an issue to our Area meetings to be discussed and debated. Motions that are passed then move to the UTLA House of Representatives, our highest decision-making body, who's next meeting takes place in September. Motions brought by UTLA members at regional Area meetings are not the official expressed opinions of UTLA or its elected leaders.

Debate and disagreement are essential to democracy and to our union, even when there are deep, conflicting emotions on both sides.

As educators, it is our job to create nurturing, safe environments for all of our students. UTLA stands against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and oppression in all forms. We stand against both anti-Jewish hate and violence and anti-Arab hate and violence wherever they occur, and we denounce the recent attacks on Jewish people in Los Angeles.

We mourn the loss of every innocent child that has been caught in the middle of this conflict. We deplore the destruction of schools on both sides and the need to convert places of learning into emergency shelters to house displaced people. Getting an excellent public education is and continues to be a human right no matter what country or territory you reside in. This principle should unite us all as a global public education community.