The Community Education Council (CEC) for the leftist District 14 area in New York City, covering Williamsburg and Greenpoint, helped to organize an anti-Israel student walkout that took place on Thursday where students could be heard yelling things such as "f**k the Jews" and "allahu akbar." The group is a parent advisory board based in Brooklyn.
According to the New York Post, the organization violated state regulations when it encouraged around 700 students at about 100 schools to take part in the walkout.
In its email, sent out from official government accounts, the CEC sent out resources to signs that include the phrase "from the river to the sea Palestine will be free," and recommended chants such as "Say it loud, say it clear, we don’t want Zionists here!”
Several local politicians called for an investigation into the organization's actions which seem to violate prohibitions on using official government accounts for personal gain.
In a post on Facebook, Bronx City Council Member Eric Dinowitz called for an investigation into the CEC 14 sponsorship of the political rally. "It is completely unacceptable that District 14 CEC sent out an email from their official government email encouraging not only a blatantly one-sided rally, but one that encouraged students to leave school."
"This CEC's call to action must be investigated, as our education system must be supportive of bridge-building and operate with transparency," Dinowitz wrote.
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato also decried CEC 14 president Tajh Sutton for using her position “to display her biases on a politically charged issue, promote antisemitism and violate New York City Public School rules.”
"The fact that a person in a position of authority like the CEC 14 President would brazenly use her position to display her biases on a politically charged issue, promote Anti-Semitism, and Violate New York City Public School rules is why an immediate investigation is warranted," Amato stated.
One mom told the post that she kept her child home on Friday out of fear. She said, "I know firsthand what antisemitism is but I never in my life thought my daughter would have to go through something like this."
Another mom said, "It’s crazy that they’re allowed to do this." She added, "You can have your personal opinions but when you’re on a school board, it’s completely inappropriate to publicize them.”
Anit-Israel protests have been taking place around the world since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas that left over 1,400 people dead, causing Israel to wage war on militants in Gaza.
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