Riot erupts at pro-Israel teacher at New York City school

A pro-Israel teacher was reportedly locked in a school office after hundreds of pro-Palestinian students unleashed an anti-Semitic riot at a New York City high school.

The teacher allegedly attended a pro-Israel rally in Queens on October 9th.

Students at Jamaica’s Hillcrest High School, where the teacher works, reportedly learned that the teacher had participated in pro-Israel demonstrations. Someone reportedly found the teacher’s Facebook profile, which showed a teacher holding a sign that read “I Support Israel” at a pro-Israel rally in Queens. A photo was posted.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, students reportedly poured into the school hallway to protest a teacher who held pro-Israel views. A pre-planned protest is said to have turned violent. Pro-Palestinian students reportedly tried to force their way into the teacher’s classroom despite school staff guarding the room.

of new york post “School administrators and the NYPD, who contacted the school around 11:20 a.m., learned of their plans just in time to rush the teacher to the office and lock the door,” the report said. said one educator.

One senior student told the magazine, “Everyone was shouting, “Liberate Palestine!”

A ninth-grader said, “Everyone was yelling, “(The teacher) has to go!” They want her fired. ”

One student said the teens learned the teacher’s location, phone number and other personal information.

Videos of the riot at the school were posted on social media.

One comment posted on the TikTok video called the teacher a “cracker donkey.”

The NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau has reportedly been asked to investigate possible threats against the school.

“Whether it was one student or multiple students who did something or said something, whatever the trigger, something happened, and I’ve been on the City Council for many years,” said Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens). “The Counter-Terrorism Task Force knows this because I have served there.” We don’t get involved unless we believe it’s a potentially serious situation. ”

The teacher, who did not want to be identified for his own safety, told the New York Post, “I have been a teacher in New York City public schools for 23 years, the last seven at Hillcrest.” I work at a high school. We work hard to support the whole student body and be advocates for our community, but the calls for violence against me that occurred online and outside of the classroom last week were heartbreaking. I was shaken to the core.”

The teacher added: “No one should feel unsafe at school, neither students nor teachers.”

“I hope that in the coming days we can find ways to have meaningful discussions about difficult topics while respecting each other’s diverse perspectives and common humanity,” she continued. “If we cannot see each other as human beings, we will never be able to build safe learning communities.”

The mayor of New York responded to the anti-Semitic violence: saying:

The vile show of anti-Semitism at Hillcrest High School was motivated by hatred fueled by plain and simple ignorance, and it cannot be tolerated at any of our schools, much less anywhere else in our city. is not acceptable. We are better than this. New York City schools have already conducted a thorough investigation into how this incident happened, and this week the Project Pivot team began working with Hillcrest students to find out why this behavior is unacceptable. We plan to help students understand. Students, teachers, and staff do not have to worry about their safety inside the school.

“I don’t understand why students are so misinformed and intolerant and radicalized,” Democratic City Councilman Robert Holden said. “They don’t even know the history of the Middle East. They’re not taught that. “I haven’t done it yet,” he said.

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