This article by Bob Audette originally appeared May 8 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — A recent presentation at local schools on having difficult discussions has stirred the ire of some members of the local Jewish community.
“The plan was to have an assembly about having difficult discussions, to set the tone for future assemblies to go into whatever the conflict or social justice topic was under discussion,” said Keith Lyman, principal at Brattleboro Area Middle School.
However, said Lyman, one of the speakers, a Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp, “went off topic. He gave a little bit of his perspective on the history of Israel and Palestine from his experience. That was not something that was expected of this assembly.”
Zeiad Shamrouch, a Palestinian from the Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance, and Jody Sokolower, the founder of Rethinking Education, were the presenters.
At least one observer to the BAMS presentation took it as an attack on Jews and the legitimacy of Israel as a nation.
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