It’s only an Arab kid, after all

Oops, how on earth did this happen?

Teachers at a large Holon high school said yesterday they were appalled by what they described as the racist insinuations of a video clip they received by e-mail from the school principal that showed an Arab toddler being thrown into a swimming pool and nearly drowning.

“A principal is supposed to be an educator,” said a teacher at Kiryat Sharet High School who received the e-mail a few days ago from principal Irit Aharonson. “It’s inconceivable she should be spreading such racist, inciting material without any monitoring.”

Aharonson said she sent the video “in a distracted state” and called the decision a “regrettable mistake,” saying: “The context of the clip wasn’t anti-Arab. This doesn’t match my moderate opinions.”

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