Parents of children attending an elite public school in New York City were outraged when they learned a student asked for a moment of silence over the loudspeaker for the 60 Palestinians killed in a violent attack on the IDF last week.
The school-wide announcement Tuesday stunned some students and has outraged parents who question why the school is entering into the divisive Palestinian-Israeli conflict with what they see as an anti-Jewish bent.
“I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” said one father, who is Jewish.
Violence erupted along Israel’s border with Gaza Monday on the same day as the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. A Hamas leader said two days later that 50 of the 62 people killed belonged to the militant Islamic group which rules Gaza, and the rest were “from the people.”
The US, which has labeled Hamas a terrorist organization, has stood by Israel in the wake of the killings and criticism of the Israeli response.
“I just don’t think any school should be promoting a moment of silence for terrorists. What if it was Islamic terrorists in ISIS?” said one student’s mother, who is Jewish. “No school would be having that over the loudspeaker.”
No one can be that ignorant, can they? Hamas admitted that 50 of the dead were members of the terrorist group.
Hamas official, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil is clear about terrorist involvement in the riots pic.twitter.com/p5My6JGQRr
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 16, 2018
Beacon School, according to the Post, is “highly selective” and “tends to lean left.” Is that any excuse to mourn the death of terrorists?
“As a Jewish student, I could see a lot of my Jewish friends get very weird when the moment of silence started,” Sophie Steinberg, a junior from Brooklyn, said about Tuesday’s tribute.
“They don’t know how to feel. They don’t know how to fit into all of this.”
Steinberg said the contemplative moment was not out of place at Beacon.
“I think that’s Beacon’s nature — to not be divisive but to bring up the things that no one wants to talk about,” she said.
But another student said she had hoped for more discussion surrounding the announcement which, she said, seemed to come out of nowhere.
“I wish there was that conversation afterwards,” said Fortune Ndombo, a junior from Manhattan. “There was no follow-up.”
More than anything, high school children fear not “fitting in.” Leftist activists play on that fear by ostracizing anyone who might have a different opinion on any issue. This not-so-subtle form of pressure to conform to the dominant liberal view of the world discomfits children and prevents most of them from speaking out.
I don’t blame the parents one bit. In fact, if I had a kid at that school, I would call for the principal’s resignation and discipline the child who was dumb enough to ask for the moment of silence to begin with.