Anti-Zion­ist sect ‘gave Tro­jan school as­sem­bly’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

A SCHOOL in­volved in the Tro­jan Horse scan­dal en­cour­aged “an­ti­semitic lan­guage” be­tween staff and pupils and wel­comed speak­ers from the Jewish anti-Zion­ist sect Ne­turei Karta, ac­cord­ing to a former staff mem­ber.

The teacher, from the Park View Academy in Birm­ing­ham, was tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the Na­tional Col­lege for Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship mis­con­duct panel look­ing into the af­fair.

She said she had “heard both pupils and staff use an­ti­semitic lan­guage. Pupils would say to staff or other pupils ‘you Jew boy’, which was con­sid­ered a deroga­tory term”.

Three hear­ings are tak­ing place in both­Coven­tryandBirm­ing­ham­in­volv­ing five Park View staff mem­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to the teacher, re­ferred to as Wit­ness A, on one oc­ca­sion Ne­turei Karta’s Aaron Co­hen de­liv­ered an hour­long as­sem­bly to Park View pupils.

The Tro­jan Horse scan­dal erupted in 2014, when it emerged that sev­eral schools with high num­bers of Mus­lim pupils in Birm­ing­ham — in­clud­ing at Park View — were be­ing in­fil­trated by Is­lamists.

If found guilty of un­ac­cept­able pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct, those in­volved could be banned from teach­ing for life. A re­port into the al­le­ga­tions is due to be pub­lished in De­cem­ber.

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