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'That these demeaning, anti-Semitic remarks came from faculty is just unbelievable' (illustration)
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Belgian parents want teacher fired over 'anti-Semitic post'

Jewish school educator writes on her Facebook page that Jews are 'the most difficult and unworldly people' she knows.

While most Jewish schools in North America usually require Jewish teachers, in the Belgian city of Antwerp Jewish public schools actually employ a secular staff, which consists mostly of non-Jewish teachers.



Antwerp, currently home to approximately 18,000 Orthodox Jews, entrust these teachers to provide a proper education in the region's Jewish schools, which also employ Jewish staff to teach students Jewish studies and Hebrew.


A teacher working at the local Jesode Hatora - Beth Jacob school, however, has reportedly broken and disobeyed this constitution, at least, according to the parents association of the school.


Two parents have demanded, alongside the rest of the Parents Association, that the school's principal, Moshe Mund, fire a teacher called Nathalie van Parys following an anti-Semitic status she allegedly posted on her Facebook page.


JTA reports that Van Parys apparently made a quip about the parents paying $1,000 annually for security in order for their children to safely attend the publicly-funded Jewish school, claiming that "they (the parents) are mega-racists themselves."


Van Parys used the Flemish term "volk" (meaning ethnicity, nation or people), and argued that the Jewish parents are "the most difficult and unworldly people I know."


According to a letter sent to Principal Mund, "The parents reacted with shock and frustration to this display of intolerance and hate. Such demeaning, anti-Semitic remarks are unacceptable in a democracy. That these statements came from faculty is just unbelievable."


The parents asked that Mund "apply sanctions" against the teacher. "For us, it is unacceptable that she teach," they wrote. Mund has yet to make a decision.


Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life .


פרסום ראשון: 11.28.14, 20:35
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