New York School Holds Moment of Silence for Gaza Fatalities
A school in New York City held a moment of silence for those who died in the recent Gaza violence, which angered numerous parents.
According to the New York Post, on May 15 the Beacon High School announced that students should stop and be silent for a moment to honor the Gaza fatalities. A student at the school, Sophie Steinberg, told the Post that she noticed her Jewish friends were uncomfortable at the moment of silence.
“They don’t know how to feel,” Steinberg said. “They don’t know how to fit into all of this.”
Parents expressed their outrage over the moment of silence to the Post.
“I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” an unidentified Jewish parent told the Post.
Another Jewish parent told the Post that no “school should be promoting a moment of silence for terrorists.”
“What if it was Islamic terrorists in ISIS?” the parent said. “No school would be having that over the loudspeakers.”
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) told the Post that the moment of silence was “disgraceful” and they would be demanding an apology from the school.
The school’s principal, Ruth Lacey, has reportedly been unresponsive to inquiries on the matter.
Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have admitted that most the dead Palestinians in the recent Gaza riots were part of their respective terror organizations. Hamas, which organized the riots, forced civilians to participate in the riots as human shields in the hopes of launching terror attacks against Israelis.