Representatives of educational institutions from 3 districts of the country were summoned to give testimonies

During Subcommittee commission of Education and Workforce of the United States House of Representatives this Wednesday (May 8, 2024), congressmen accused schools of allowing anti-Semitic demonstrations in institutions. School administrators from the districts of New York, Maryland and California were summoned to give testimony.

At the commission, school district representatives stated that anti-Semitism is not tolerated in their schools and that institutions adopt educational and disciplinary measures to combat speech offensive to the Jewish people.

The subcommittee’s leader, Republican Aaron Bean, highlighted 246 anti-Semitic acts in the districts since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. He reported occasions when students imitated Hitler and spoke phrases such as “kill the Jews”.

New York City Schools Chief David Banks confirmed the occurrence of unacceptable incidents” and defended an educational approach against prejudice, stating that the “the true antidote to ignorance and prejudice is teaching”.

Although school representatives denied support for anti-Semitic ideas, there were differences in their responses regarding the dismissal of teachers for alleged involvement in the acts.

The president of the Montgomery County Board of Education, Karla Silvestre, when asked about the topic, stated that no teacher was fired due to accusations of anti-Semitism, according to the Guardian.

In the United States, higher education institutions also record demonstrations involving anti-Semitic acts.

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