Outraged Jewish parents said they do not understand why the public school chose to take a stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Parents of Jewish students at a New York City public high school were shocked to discover that their children had been told to observe a moment of silence for Palestinian protesters killed on the Israel-Gaza border.
The unusual instruction was given by a student at Beacon High School in Hell’s Kitchen through the school’s PA system, according to The New York Post. It is not clear whether the decision had been approved by the school principal. The newspaper said it was unable to reach her.
“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 father said.
Following the deadly clashes between the IDF and Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border last week, a senior Hamas official stated that 50 out of the 62 killed were its members. Hamas is labeled as a terrorist organization by both Israel and the US.
“I just don’t think any school should be promoting a moment of silence for terrorists,” a Jewish mother said. “What if it was Islamic terrorists in ISIS? No school would be having that over the loudspeaker.”