Jewish Teachers Slam NYC Public School Chief for Downplaying Antisemitic Student Riots

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MANHATTAN (VINnews) — Jewish teachers and parents slammed NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks for his weak “under-reaction” to antisemitic chaos, which appeared to threaten a Jewish teacher’s life at a Queens high school, according to the NY Post.

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“Chancellor Bank’s weak response to the antisemitic riot at Hillcrest High School failed to condemn the behavior of over 400 students that threatened the life of a teacher, solely because she is Jewish,” teacher Tova Plaut of the New York City Public School Alliance, said at the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan.

“He failed to recognize the deep-seated Jewish hate present in our school and then doubled down on this failure by minimizing and erasing the legitimate concerns of our community,” Ms. Plaut said, surrounded by 20 supporters.

The outrage is rooted in a riot at Hillcrest H.S., when hundreds of “radicalized” rowdy students stormed the halls, forcing a Jewish teacher to hide in a locked office. Her sole offense was appearing at a pro-Israel rally on October 9

Banks spent Monday attempting to calm the situation — yet he was told by school employees that they’re afraid to come to work.

The Chancellor seemed to downplay the extreme and tumultuous behavior — despite a group of students flashing a Palestinian banner at him when he arrived at the school.

He said there had been “disciplinary action” but did not elaborate.

“This notion that this place, these kids are radicalized and antisemitic…I will not accept that at all,” he told reporters

The teachers said Banks is unaware of the reality on the ground.

“Chancellor Banks, this is your teachable moment,” Ms. Plaut said. “Stop the hate now.”

“We have heard from employees and parents who have shared experiences and evidence of Jewish hate across the school system,” said Karen Feldman, a teacher in Manhattan’s upper east side. “Hillcrest is one example among many.”

Feldman said graffiti “depicting Jewish hate” in her school went untouched for weeks, and added that last year an Israeli student’s mother said that her daughter was called a “baby killer” by other students every morning.

“I can’t imagine how these students must feel in New York City, 2023, knowing that so many people in school are wishing them harm solely because they are Jewish,” she said.

Mayor Eric Adams, whose response was also criticized, defended Banks’ during a press briefing, although he failed to mention a single consequence the students received.

“He showed up and he listened,” the mayor said. “He listened to dozens of students who talked very honestly and openly about their and their issues. He listened to teachers talk very openly honestly and other staff members about their feelings about this incident.

“Chancellor Banks made clear totally unacceptable, that [the] teacher should never have been targeted by a protest for her stand on Israel,” he added. “We cannot allow that to ever happen again.”


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zumy
zumy
2 months ago

Whether or not these kids are expelled or not, they will remain the illiterate, aggressive bozos they were till now.

Scary but true
Scary but true
2 months ago

So basically the New York City public school system is turning out Nazi youth

Get it straight
Get it straight
2 months ago

Start suing the city. No other way, bankrupt these antisemites

Lgb
Lgb
2 months ago

NY is done. Muslims took over

Aguttenshabbos
Aguttenshabbos
2 months ago

So much for “the leader of the city of the largest Jewish population outside of Israel” that so many of you were touting when Eric Adams visited Israel recently and why it was so important for him to go. A dummy is still a dummy and someone without a backbone to fight for what’s right regardless of what the hate filled low lives say, is just that, and is just as guilty as these animals. This joke of a mayor and this so called “school chancellor” deserve ZERO respect and all the scorn that comes their way.

Wilbur
Wilbur
2 months ago

Time to take action: Email addresses are at the bottom of this message:

NYC pre-K teacher Siriana Abboud is teaching 4 year-olds to hate Israel. Pure indoctrination in public schools. “I is for intifada, J is for jihad.” And she’s won the 2023-24 early childhood Big Apple Award (teacher of the year), which puts her on an advisory council to spread her ideas to other teachers.

“Siriana Abboud, 29, a city Department of Education teacher at PS 59 in Midtown, offers social-media guides on how to talk to 4-year-olds about “land theft, displacement and ethnic cleansing.”

She encourages parents to take them to pro-Palestinian protests — while blasting Israel as a “fascist ethnostate” in her Instagram stories, even in the wake of the Oct. 7 terror attacks by Hamas terrorists.”

https://nypost.com/2023/11/04/metro/a-manhattan-pre-k-teacher-is-spreading-anti-israel-hate-to-the-citys-youngest-learners-and-offering-parents-and-teachers-tips-to-indoctrinate-kids-to-her-left-wing-agenda-educators-and-insiders-told/

YISH YEHUDY
YISH YEHUDY
2 months ago

We should take this as an opportunity to encourage as many Jewish children that attend public schools to attend Jewish schools. It seems to me that those schools won’t be lacking any English subjects teachers and many in Kollels can become their Jewish teachers. A win win situation. Does anyone have contacts with those that can make something like this happen? Please contact them or post here so if anyone has a neighbor a relative or son’s of coworkers etc can direct them to

Rosalie J Lieberman
Rosalie J Lieberman
2 months ago

A true story of hate that surfaced in Germany. The late Rav Grunfeld, of the London Beis Din, was a lawyer in Germany before he and his well known wife, Judith Rosenbaum Grunfeld, escaped. He shared a law practice with a German non-Jew for 10 years. During this time they likely got along well, and really got to know each other. Rabbi Grunfeld of course had to give up his practice under Nazi laws, so when he came to retrieve his things from the office, his now ex-partner not only didn’t have a kind word to tell him, but basically slammed the door on him when he left. 10 years of pretending to like his Jewish partner. In actuality it was all fake. No wonder Dayan Grunfeld refused to restudy law to practice in England. Enogh of the charades.

Nachum
Nachum
2 months ago

This is nothing new; Jewish teachers were threatened prior to, and during the 1968 teacher’s strike in NYC.