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Some parents claim teacher at Boreum Hill school hung map in classroom that omit Israel

Concerned parents say the map is extremely insensitive and antisemitic.

News 12 Staff

Jan 12, 2024, 5:44 PM

Updated 160 days ago

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A controversial map is raising tension at a Boreum Hill elementary school after some parents claim a teacher hung a map in her classroom that shows every country with the exception of Israel.
The map at a classroom at P.S. 261 labeled Palestine the area where Israel is.
Some parents are now calling for the teacher to be removed, and others support her saying her curriculum is valued.
News 12 spoke to a parent on Friday who said her child was taught by teacher who she said teaches Arabic art and culture at the school. It's a program she and other parents said is beloved and want this issue handled internally as a diverse school community.
Other parents, however, said the map is extremely insensitive and antisemitic.
The Department of Education responded to reports that P.S. 261 in Downtown Brooklyn displayed a map of the Middle East and excluded Israel.
A spokesperson for the DOE responded, “We are committed to fostering a welcoming environment here at NYCPS that supports all cultures and communities. As soon as we were made aware of concerns regarding the map it was removed."
The controversy comes as authorities say there is a rise in antisemitism and other forms of hate in city schools amid the Israel-Hamas War.


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