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Jewish parents at elite Fieldston School allege growing culture of anti-Semitism: report

2020-01-11

Jewish parents at an elite Bronx private school reportedly claim their children have experienced a growing culture of anti-Semitism in the past few years.

The furor at the prestigious Fieldston School in Riverdale erupted after a Nov. 21 speech by Kayum Ahmed of the Open Society Foundations, who told students, “That Jews who suffered in the Holocaust and established the State of Israel today— they perpetuate violence against Palestinians that [is] unthinkable,” Tablet Magazine reported.

Several parents told the magazine the school started organizing its students into “affinity groups” in 2015, based on what the students believed was their ethnic or cultural identity. The school did not create a Jewish affinity group, Tablet reported.

That same year, swastikas started showing up in classrooms and hallways, and school officials had to be pressured into calling them out as a “hateful symbol of the Nazi genocide,” Tablet reported.

Nor did administrators send an e-mail condemning last week’s Jersey City, N.J. shooting spree that targeted a kosher supermarket, one parent told the magazine.

“The school has a problem saying the words Jewish or Jew, and calling out hate against this community,” a parent told the magazine.

A spokesperson for Fieldston declined to comment Wednesday.