AM Weprin calls for new strategy to combat antisemitism in schools after listening to Hillcrest students following ‘appalling’ rampage

Hours before Israel resumed retaliatory strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip after a seven-day cease fire came to an end on Dec. 1, Assemblymember David Weprin urged Department of Education Chancellor David Banks to implement a comprehensive plan of action to address the “appalling student behavior” after hundreds protested at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica on Nov. 20.

After learning a Jewish 9th grade teacher attended a pro-Israel rally, video of the antisemitic rampage went viral over the weekend and on the morning of Monday, Nov. 27, Weprin demanded greater accountability from the DOE with other Queens elected officials at the agency’s Ozone Park offices.