New York City parents are furious over a school’s call for students to observe a moment of silence in honor of Palestinians who died in Gaza border clashes.
The Beacon School in Manhattan came under fire for the tribute to victims of protests organized by Hamas in which more than 60 were killed by Israeli forces last week during clashes. The terrorist group saw 50 members killed in the border violence.
“I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” one Jewish parent told the New York Post.
A student at the elite school made the announcement on Tuesday, shocking some students and outraging parents, according to the New York Post.
“As a Jewish student, I could see a lot of my Jewish friends get very weird when the moment of silence started,” student Sophie Steinberg said. “I think that’s Beacon’s nature — to not be divisive but to bring up the things that no one wants to talk about.”
“I just don’t think any school should be promoting a moment of silence for terrorists. What if it was Islamic terrorists in ISIS?” the mother of one student said. “No school would be having that over the loudspeaker.”
“I wish there was that conversation afterwards,” Fortune Ndombo, a junior, said.. “There was no follow-up.”
Parents have reportedly reached out to Principal Ruth Lacey but she has not offered up any comments.
“We support civic engagement and advocacy amongst students, and encourage schools to provide inclusive environments where students are able to respectfully discuss current events,” a Department of Education spokesman said, according to the Post.
Pro-Israel group, Zionist Organization of America, will reportedly be sending the school a letter demanding an apology.
“It is disgraceful to mourn the death of Hamas terrorists,” Morton Klein, the organization’s president, said.
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