More than 200 parents in New York City have signed a petition urging the city Department of Education to investigate a pre-K teacher who has allegedly launched a hateful campaign against Jewish people.
According to the petition at PS 59, the teacher, Siriana Abboud, has used her Instagram to “promote hate and intolerance,” expressing pro-Palestinian sentiment while condemning Israel.
“Hate speech and discrimination have no place in our schools. Our teachers are the front line of defense in promoting a safe and welcoming environment for our children, and, regrettably, we have reservations about Ms. Siriana Abboud’s ability to fulfill this role,” the petition said.
One parent reached out to the school principal about the issue, saying: “Is she able to teach Jewish children without her internal biases coming forth? Does she bring this up in the classroom? What is she telling them? What does she teach them about this, if anything?”
“She has very strong opinions. So how does that not bleed into her perception of the Jewish kids in the class?”
Earlier this year, Abboud was under controversy when she posted drawings of different noses outside her classroom, asking students why people have different noses.
The teacher responded with her own thoughts about where the shape of noses come from, saying, “I think it’s based on your ethnic identity. In art, we learn that you can often tell ethnicity from the bridge of your nose.”
From The Blaze:
There has been a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism in colleges and universities across the U.S. since Hamas' terrorist attacks against Israel on October 7. While many pro-Palestine groups have expressed their disapproval of Israel's response to Hamas' attacks, these groups have failed to condemn Hamas.