Omaha schools cancel Palestinian speaker


Palestinian activist Nora Carmi speaking at a BDS conference in South Africa, Aug 20, 2015. (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Parents and Anti-Defamation League complained in advance of a visit by a Palestinian Christian activist.

By The Times of Israel / Oct 6, 2017

Officials in a Nebraska school district have canceled scheduled talks at two high schools by a Palestinian Christian speaker due to concerns that Jewish students at one of the schools were being harassed ahead of her visit.

Nora Carmi is a Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist from Jerusalem who’s holding talks around the US this year, including a stop last week at Creighton University in Omaha.

The BDS movement encourages boycotting Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. Israel charges that the movement is motivated by anti-Semitism.

Carmi was scheduled this week to visit Millard North High School and Millard South High School in Omaha, where curriculum includes learning about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Millard North’s principal received a phone call from a parent worried that Carmi would give only one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Rebecca Kleeman, spokeswoman for Millard Public Schools. Kleeman said the district was prepared to proceed with the talks anyway.

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