Increasing Anti-Semitic “Concerns” in British Schools: Chief of Education

British Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson has warned that anti-Semitic cases have been “concerned” in British schools since the recent outbreak of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a message sent to a British school on Friday, Williamson expressed anti-Semitic opinions and Jewish students and teachers as a result of increased attention to conflict in some schools. He said he was bullied.

He said schools should treat these cases with “legitimate seriousness” and urged principals to ensure “political fairness” in conflict.

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Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson (Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty Images) attends a ministerial meeting of senior government officials at the Foreign, Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London on September 1, 2020.

He wrote that many young people had a “strong personal interest” in conflict-related issues, which in some cases led to “political activity” by older students.

“Schools need to avoid confusion with other students and staff and ensure that senior students use political expressions with caution.

“It is unacceptable to give some students an atmosphere of dignity and fear to others and teachers.”

Williamson reminded me of “legal obligations regarding political impartiality.”

“School leaders and staff are responsible for ensuring that they act appropriately, especially in the political views they express.”

He said students should be provided with a “balanced presentation of dissenting opinions” when political issues are raised.

“Schools should not present materials in a politically biased or unilateral manner and should always avoid cooperating with organizations that promote anti-Semitic or discriminatory views.”

They should not cooperate with or use materials from organizations that publicly deny Israel’s right to exist, he added.

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A Jewish man walking down the streets of the Stamford Hill district in northern London on January 19, 2011. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images)

British ministers say anti-Semitic abuse has increased since the latest Middle East conflict broke out earlier this month.

In one incident, a rabbi was injured in the head after two men attacked a rabbi near his synagogue in Chigwell, north London, on Sunday afternoon.

Two suspects, Brahimi (25 years old) and Souraka Jaburi (18 years old), were charged with injuring them with the intention of causing serious physical harm, robbery, and religiously exacerbated criminal damage. I did.

In another case video A post on Twitter on Sunday showed a car driving on a street with the Palestinian flag.Slogans such as[expletive] Jew, [expletive] Their mother, [expletive] Voices of “their daughters” and “rape their daughters” were heard through the loudspeakers.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art tracked one of the cars and arrested four men on suspicion of racially deteriorating public order violations, but subsequently. Released on bail..

The case was blamed by politicians throughout the political spectrum.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain called for anti-Semitic action at every stage and would not take root, grow or worsen.

Lily Zhou and PA contributed to this report.