B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith is outraged at the reports about Syria’s use, once again, of chemical weapons. On April 5, chemical weapons were used against civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, and according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 72 people were killed, 20 of them being children. An airstrike has also been reported of hitting the Syrian town after the chemical attack.
We hold the Syrian regime accountable for this horrendous attack against its own people.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke to the United Nations Security Council today: “In the life of the United Nations there are times when we are compelled to do more than just talk; there are times we are compelled to take collective action. This Security Council thinks of itself as a defender of peace, security and human rights, we will not deserve that description if we do not rise to action today.”
We endorse Haley’s admonition to the Security Council. The world’s eyes are on the Council today, expecting it, not only to express moral outrage, but to take action to end the Syrian regime’s use of these horrendous weapons.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, and we wish for a speedy recovery for those injured.
B’nai B’rith International sent a letter to New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia for defending an outrageous classroom assignment. In February, teacher Michael DeNobile assigned his Oswego County CiTi/BOCES New Vision students to argue for or against Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution.”
In the letter, B’nai B’rith wrote: “Of the many ways to teach critical thinking, clearly an area that needs work in our educational system, Oswego County high school teacher Michael DeNobile had CiTi/Boces New Vision students prepare an argument in favor of or against exterminating Jews. Is this question really open for debate? Is the goal of this assignment to teach critical thinking or hate? We think the latter.”
B’nai B’rith noted: “What has Mr. DeNobile accomplished through this assignment? Is he attempting to reopen the case for genocide? Is there conceivably any justification for genocide? Any logical step taken to answer this question in the affirmative is simply irresponsible and a failure in civilization. But this was reportedly an exercise in critical thinking and, ironically, the Oswego County New Visions program exercised very little in suggesting creative ways to share this lesson.”
To read the full letter click here.
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