SOUTH ARLINGTON, Texas – A Texas pre-school teacher and student at the University of Texas, Arlington was suspended from her job over social media posts calling on her followers to “kill some Jews.”
Nancy Salem, a Muslim teacher at The Children’s Courtyard in South Arlington, was recently exposed by the campus watchdog group Canary Mission as one of two dozen anti-Israel student activists at the University of Texas, Arlington with a penchant for posting racial hatred online.
The report, released in late January, lists Salem as an activist with the UTA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and highlights numerous anti-Jewish Twitter posts in 2013 and 2014, The Algemeiner reports.
According to Canary Mission, her posts included:
“’@DictatorHitler: How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough’”
“Have a safe trip Lulu. I love you baby girl! See you in 3 weeks! Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some jews!”
“’How was the copper wire invented? They threw a penny between two Jews.’ LOLACHAUST.”
“’@hanansalemxo: I hate Makki more than I hate Israeli Jews and math combined.’”
Canary Mission’s UT Arlington report dubbed the UTA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine “a focal point for campus anti-Semitism,” and noted that 12 of the people identified were also members of the Muslim Students Association, the Dallas Morning News reports.
In total, the report pointed to 158 anti-Semitic posts and interactions between UT Arlington’s SJP members and others at different schools.
“Of particular concern, it said, was a UTA student activist and her brother, a Tarrant Community College student, who in addition to anti-Semitic posts are cousins of a man who plotted a Tel Aviv bus bombing in 2012,” according to the news site.
On Friday, UT Arlington issued a prepared statement that made no mention of a possible investigation or actions against the students involved in the hate speech.
“As one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, inclusion and respect are at the core of the values of The University of Texas at Arlington,” the statement read. “UTA condemns statements of hate while acknowledging the principles of free speech and open expression. We welcome and encourage the sharing of ideas, thoughts and opinions, but we also expect respect and civility from students, faculty and staff.”
The Algemeiner reports Salem shut down her social media pages after she was exposed by Canary Mission, and has since been suspended from the classroom pending an investigation by The Children’s Courtyard.
The teacher’s social media comments also prompted many parents and community members to weigh in on her behavior on The Children’s Courtyard Facebook page.
“You have a pre-school teacher Nancy Salem working with little children. She is preaching murder of Jews,” Joyce Pustilnik wrote. “This is not the type of person who should have any contact with children. She should be fired immediately.”
“This school should be sued,” Eva Najman added. “How could you hire Nancy Salem, an activist with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Texas, Arlington (UT Arlington) to teach young children that ‘justice’ for ‘Palestinians’ means killing Jews? You should be shut down immediately.”
The Children’s Courtyard issued a statement in response to the criticism.
“Our senior management team is working to address this matter,” it read. “This in no way reflects the views of The Children’s Courtyard. We strive to provide an inclusive environment for all children, families and staff members. We also expect our employees to uphold standards of personal and professional conduct.”