Woman who vandalized Warsaw ghetto teaches British teachers about anti-Semitism
JTA – A journalist who wrote “Free Gaza and Palestine” on the walls of the former Warsaw ghetto has been tasked with teaching anti-Semitism to members of a British teachers’ union.
Ewa Jasiewicz, who spray painted the slogan in Poland in 2010, gave three sessions titled “Understanding Anti-Semitism,” the Jewish News of London reported Tuesday.
Separately, another Sky News reporter Mark Stone apologized for write on twitter Tuesday to a Jewish person who had complained of anti-Semitism that “the ‘Jewish hatred’ you feel is in fact a consequence of the current policy of the Israeli government; their prolongation of an untenable occupation.
Criticized for challenging or excusing anti-Semitism, Stone wrote: “Very sorry if my last Tweet suggested that anti-Semitism is imagined anyway” or caused by Israel.
Jasiewicz ahead of his sessions asked participants to read materials that “challenge the common Eurocentric understanding of anti-Semitism” and to prepare to hear “four prominent black British Jews discuss their experiences of racism in the Jewish community.”
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British Jews’ Council of Representatives chairwoman Marie van der Zyl called Jasiewicz’s role “grotesque” in a letter Wednesday at the teachers’ union.
Last month, dozens of Jewish teachers quit the union following appeals by its staff to educators to join pro-Palestinian rallies.
Last month saw the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which began on May 10 with a volley of rockets fired from Gaza. About 230 Palestinians have died in the fighting from Israeli airstrikes and 12 people have died in Israel from rocket fire in Gaza.
The conflagration sparked a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain, Europe and beyond.