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This moment of silence caused a lot of noise.
Students at the elite Beacon School were asked to pause from their studies last week to pay tribute to the victims of violence in Gaza, where some 60 Palestinians were killed the day before by Israeli soldiers.
The school-wide announcement Tuesday stunned some students and has outraged parents who question why the school is entering into the divisive Palestinian-Israeli conflict with what they see as an anti-Jewish bent.
The article goes on to state the following:
“I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” said one father, who is Jewish.
Violence erupted along Israel’s border with Gaza Monday on the same day as the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. A Hamas leader said two days later that 50 of the 62 people killed belonged to the militant Islamic group which rules Gaza, and the rest were “from the people.”
The US, which has labeled Hamas a terrorist organization, has stood by Israel in the wake of the killings and criticism of the Israeli response.
“I just don’t think any school should be promoting a moment of silence for terrorists. What if it was Islamic terrorists in ISIS?” said one student’s mother, who is Jewish. “No school would be having that over the loudspeaker.”
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