The Beacon School in Manhattan is under fire from parents for holding a moment of silence for the people killed by Israel last week during clashes organized by Hamas.
Of the 62 people killed in border riots, 50 were members of the Palestinian terrorist group
“I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” one parent told the New York Post.
On Tuesday, the school announced of the moment of silence, which bothered many in the community.
“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 student at the school, said.
Another student complained that there was no discussion over the moment of silence to give it any context. “I wish there was that conversation afterwards. There was no follow-up,” said student Fortune Ndombo.
The announcement was made by a student. The school has not commented on whether or not it was sanctioned by the administration. Principal Ruth Lacey has not offered any comment on the incident.
The pro-Israel group Zionist Organization of America plans to send a letter to the school demanding an apology.
I can not explain the outrage being felt right now.
New York City school holds moment of silence for Hamas. pic.twitter.com/hn63KMZ4Ne
— Kevin W (@kwilli1046) May 20, 2018