A public school teacher in Australia has been disciplined after playing an overtly anti-Israel song to her students, The Australian Jewish News reported.
Heidi Claus, a teacher at the Arthur Phillip High School in New South Wales (NSW), played 'Long Live Palestine,' by British-born rapper of Iraqi descent Kareem Dennis, popularly known as Lowkey, to her students and then boasted about it on Facebook.
“We will never really know how many people are dead, they drop bombs on little girls while they sleep in their beds,” the rapper states.
Claiming to view the situation from a “truly human perspective”, the vocal artist falsely claims that Israel has blocked the United Nations from delivering food to civilians in Gaza.
“How many more resolutions have to be violated, how many more children have to be annihilated?”
Lowkey, an anti-Israel activist, has declared that “nothing is more anti-Semitic than Zionism”; that “Israel is every bit a terrorist state”; and that “Zionism is about colonialism, imperialism and ethnic cleansing”.
A spokesman for the Department of Education told The Australian Jewish News that the teacher has been counseled and disciplined. “The teacher is extremely apologetic,” the spokesperson said. “The school principal has reinforced to all teaching staff the controversial issues in school policy as well as the Code of Conduct.”
The chief executive of the Jewish Board of Deputies in NSW, Vic Alhadeff, said the Department of Education’s response to the issue was professional and responsible. “Such strident partisan political views are out of step with the expectations of both parents and students,” he said.