L.A. School Board Candidate Blasted Over Antisemitic Social Media Posts

A candidate for the Los Angeles Unified School Board is facing calls to withdraw after his history of antisemitic social media activity came to light.

Kahllid Al-Alim is the frontrunner for LAUSD District 1 and has been endorsed by United Teachers Los Angeles. But that endorsement, and his frontrunner status, may now be in jeopardy.

Al-Alim once liked a post that referred to Jews as “the synagogue of Satan.” Another post he liked defended antisemitic rants by Kanye West.

In a post on X, Al-Alim himself wrote that the book, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” should be mandatory teaching in schools. The book alleges that Jewish people secretly control the Black economy and have undermined Black prosperity.

In addition to the antisemitic activity, Al-Alim liked posts depicting graphic sexual content. All of the questionable activity had occurred within the past several years.

UTLA condemned Al-Alim’s social media activities Tuesday, but stopped short of pulling its endorsement. On Wednesday, Al-Alim expressed regret, particularly for touting the antisemitic book.

“I was wrong,” he said. “I have connected with educators and community members and have since learned about the issues. I fully rescind that post. It has no place in our schools.”

The statement was too little, too late for some.

Calling his comments “sickening,” Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Rick Chavez Zbur said Al-Alim should drop out of the race.

“There is no room for a teacher or a boardmember who uses their hate-bias to influence our children,” Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield posted on X.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times
 

UPDATE: UTLA has withdrawn its endorsement.
 

 


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