A Brooklyn Middle school Principal Urged Teachers and Administrators to Demand Government Sanctions Against Israel
Hello, and welcome to ATP's Really Dumb Things, They Said. I'm Barry Nussbaum.
A Brooklyn Middle School principal last week urged teachers and administrators to demand government sanctions against Israel. It sparked an outrage and a pending probe by the school system's independent investigator. In an email sent amid the since suspended fighting between Israel and Hamas.
Principal Amanda Bueno told staffers at the middle school, "You've been watching the news in absolute horror. You're not alone. You can take action today by protesting, attending a vigil, making a public commitment to the Palestine Liberation, signing a petition, or calling your government officials to place sanctions on Israel.
The time is now to take a stand for those impacted by state-sanctioned violence and crimes against the humanity of the most vulnerable people in the world."
Yikes. She titled her email "Day of Action in Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising in General Strike." By the way, New York law forbids requesting or encouraging any public servant, city employee, subordinate public servant, or official to engage in political activities.
This is a dumb principle. It's a dumb political position, and let's see if New York fixes it by getting rid of her.