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    On the front page of this week's Kerryman, it's reported that a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, Sarah Honig, visited Coláiste na Sceilige, Caherciveen and was greeted by students carrying "Free Palestine" banners. On asking them "from whom Palestine was to be freed", they replied "The Jews" and that "Jews were evil as they crucified Our Lord". Needless to say, the principal vehemently denies all allegations, mentioning a Trócaire project concerning the Middle East, and the story rings false for a number of reasons. Firstly, teenagers would know sufficiently about current affairs to distinguish Israel from "The Jews", and secondly, any prejudicial remark in the course of class discussions would be instantly reprimanded by teachers, following CSPE guidelines, not to mention that Vatican Two absolved Jews for any blame for Christ's death, so it seems unlikely to arise in a 21st century environment. The original article can be read in full on the Jerusalem Post website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    On the front page of this week's Kerryman, it's reported that a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, Sarah Honig, visited Coláiste na Sceilige, Caherciveen and was greeted by students carrying "Free Palestine" banners. On asking them "from whom Palestine was to be freed", they replied "The Jews" and that "Jews were evil as they crucified Our Lord". Needless to say, the principal vehemently denies all allegations, mentioning a Trócaire project concerning the Middle East, and the story rings false for a number of reasons. Firstly, teenagers would know sufficiently about current affairs to distinguish Israel from "The Jews", and secondly, any prejudicial remark in the course of class discussions would be instantly reprimanded by teachers, following CSPE guidelines, not to mention that Vatican Two absolved Jews for any blame for Christ's death, so it seems unlikely to arise in a 21st century environment. The original article can be read in full on the Jerusalem Post website.
    The Jews is a fairly accurate description of Israeli's too. Becuase 1948-border Israel would not exist without them being Jewish. Most Jews internationally support the occupation of the West Bank and control of Gaza. Most Jews internationally (including Alan Shatter) supported Operation Cast Lead and the 33 day military assault on Lebanon.

    Most jews support the collective punishment of an entire people including women and children for the actions of a few.

    So getting upset between Jew/ Israeli is not justified.

    The Israeli PM says that the future of the 1million Israeli Arabs belong outside Israel. Non Jews are not welcome.
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    There's a response from the principal on the school's website.

    As PrincpaI of this school I was shocked when I read the contents of the blog by Ms Honig. The students and teacher vehemently deny the remarks attributed to them.

    Part of our mission statement states that ‘we are committed to developing people who are fair, caring assertive...’ and we are.

    Colaiste na Sceilige has worked with the Trocaire Pamoja –together for human rights – Project for the last number of years.

    Last year our students looked at Uganda and raised money for Trocaire for two mobile h.i.v. clinics by singing Christmas carols.The year before it was Honduras and they raised money for Trocaire to build a house for a family.This year it was Palestine and they raised money for Trocaire to buy olive trees for displaced Palestinian families.

    The lesson content provided by Trocaire states clearly that ‘Trocaire is neither pro Palestinian nor pro Israeli’and having spoken to the teacher and students it is clear that the material was delivered in an unbiased manner. Anything else would be entirely unacceptable.

    Students read newspapers ,watch the news and are in touch with the world around them.Ms Honig has referred to the plethora of anti Israeli feeling in the media.

    We try to teach our students to be critical thinkers to examine both sides of an issue . We may not always be satisfied with the conclusions students draw and can only try to set them right when they go wrong.

    By making such allegations, and indeed publishing photographs of children on a website without parental consent, the writer has been irresponsible and has done our school and the people of Kerry a great disservice.

    John O'Connor

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    The "Olive trees for Palestine" thing is a genuine Trócaire initiative; how effective it is is another question. Trócaire takes a line on Palestine that most Israelis would not consider neutral.

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    Smells like bullsh1t. In particular, the idea that any school children in this country are now being taught to say:

    "Jews were evil as they crucified Our Lord"
    just sounds like rubbish

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    Smells like bullsh1t. In particular, the idea that any school children in this country are now being taught to say:

    AND it was the Romans that crucified JC,not the Jews.



    just sounds like rubbish

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    Thanks for posting this Floating. Was about to do something on it myself.

    Today's editorial in the Kerryman is quite scathing of the The Jerusalem Post columnist.

    He said "...the students of Coláiste na Sceilge have been imbued with a deep sense of sympathy for European Jewry from their earliest years. Not one of them would harbour anything other than pride over the exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty."

    "Indeed their Trócaire collection for Palestinian aid took place mere yards from yards from a memorial to the Monsignor. That was erected by the people of Cahersiveen as gratitude and thanks for the the figure of the priest who risked his life to save Jews from Nazis in Rome during WWII."

    He added: "Oppression is understood very well in this country."

    He finished up by saying: "If they reacted in any way like what was claimed in The Jerusalem Post article it would most likely have been in a spirit of exuberant, youthful protest in solidarity with a people who find themselves oppressed in modern times. In any event they will have learned an important lesson about relations between Israel and Palestine."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    On the front page of this week's Kerryman, it's reported that a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, Sarah Honig, visited Coláiste na Sceilige, Caherciveen and was greeted by students carrying "Free Palestine" banners. On asking them "from whom Palestine was to be freed", they replied "The Jews" and that "Jews were evil as they crucified Our Lord". Needless to say, the principal vehemently denies all allegations, mentioning a Trócaire project concerning the Middle East, and the story rings false for a number of reasons. Firstly, teenagers would know sufficiently about current affairs to distinguish Israel from "The Jews", and secondly, any prejudicial remark in the course of class discussions would be instantly reprimanded by teachers, following CSPE guidelines, not to mention that Vatican Two absolved Jews for any blame for Christ's death, so it seems unlikely to arise in a 21st century environment. The original article can be read in full on the Jerusalem Post website.
    The papers picture of the "Save Palestine" banner looks real enough. Is it true that the students had such a banner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunlin3 View Post
    The papers picture of the "Save Palestine" banner looks real enough. Is it true that the students had such a banner?
    Why? What difference would that make?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerrygold View Post
    Why? What difference would that make?
    Well the school is denying there was an anti-Israeli or pro-Palestine agenda but the banner would suggest otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    Smells like bullsh1t. In particular, the idea that any school children in this country are now being taught to say:



    just sounds like rubbish
    Well there's clearly some basis for it.

    Unless there's some mad teacher in the school or something along those lines, the curify Christ thing sounds a bit unbelieveable. At that I wouldn't be surprised if the students do have an extremely simplistic idea of the conflict. Despite what the opening poster says most teenagers know dam near nothing about current affairs.
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