A Brooklyn center college principal this week urged lecturers and directors to demand authorities sanctions against Israel — sparking outrage and a pending probe by the college system’s unbiased investigator, The Post has discovered.
In an e mail despatched amid the since-suspended fighting between Israel and Hamas terrorists, Principal Amanda Bueno advised staffers at MS 136, “If you have been watching the news in absolute horror, you are not alone.”
“You can take action today by protesting, attending a vigil, making a public commitment to Palestinian Liberation, signing a petition, or calling your government officials to place sanctions on Isreal (sic),” she wrote Wednesday morning.
“The time is now to take a stand for those impacted by state-sanctioned violence and crimes against the humanity of the most vulnerable in our world.”
Bueno — who titled the e-mail, “Day of Action in Solidarity with The Palestinian Uprising & General Strike” — additionally included a listing of hyperlinks.
One led to the “Teach Palestine” website and one other to a May 10 article about US Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) tweeting against the Israeli raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem that sparked the latest spherical of Hamas rocket attacks.
An MS 136 instructor, who’s Jewish, advised The Post, “I opened the email and I was in shock. I felt very targeted and very attacked by her words.”
“These resources she provided, it’s propaganda,” the instructor added.
“There was nothing in the email about Hamas rockets targeting innocent Israeli civilians.”
Lawyer Inna Vernikov — a former staffer for then-Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), an outspoken supporter of Israel — additionally despatched a letter to the DOE calling for Bueno to be reprimanded.
“New York law forbids requesting or encouraging any public servant, city employee, or subordinate public servant/employee to engage in political activities,” she wrote.
Vernikov, the Republican candidate operating to succeed crooked ex-City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) mentioned she knew MS 136 lecturers with “close family members who live in Israel.”
But she mentioned the educators “are intimidated and afraid to speak out to counter such messages in fear of losing their jobs.”
Outside the college in Sunset Park, a number of dad and mom uniformly criticized Bueno’s e mail when advised about it.
“Wrong, wrong, wrong,” mentioned one man who was there to decide up his son.
“Stay in the middle. You are saying, ‘Support this group and not the other.’ That’s wrong.”
A person who gave his identify as Edward and mentioned his son was a sixth-grader, mentioned, “I don’t take sides. As a principal, I don’t think she should.”
A person who was selecting up his daughter additionally mentioned, “She should remain neutral because in New York, you have so many different groups of people.”
A spokesman for the Department of Education mentioned, “The matter is being addressed internally and was referred to [the special commissioner of investigation] for further investigation.”
“Schools are not public forums for purposes of political expression, and staff may not use DOE resources in the furtherance of personal or political activities,” spokesman Nathaniel Steyer famous.
Bueno didn’t instantly return an e mail looking for remark and she or he couldn’t be reached at two cellphone numbers listed in her identify.
Her union, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, didn’t instantly return requests for remark.