A member of the Jewish community walks in north London.
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children enrolled in kindergartens run by the Satmar sect in London are taught that non-Jews ("goyim") are evil, according to the British newspaper Independent.
The report cites worksheets handed out to children at the Beis Rochel boys' school in north London. The Independent said that it obtained the instructional material through an anonymous whistle-blower.
According to the report, the students are taught that those who perpetrated the Holocaust were "goyim," making no distinction between non-Jews and Nazis.
The students are also instructed to observe the 21st day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which is the anniversary of the day in which Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, the founder of the Satmar sect, evaded the Nazi threat.
“What have the evil goyim
(non-Jews) done with the synagogues and cheders
[Jewish primary schools]?” the worksheet reads. “Burned them” is the correct answer.
“What did the goyim want to do with all the Jews?” read another question. The answer was “Kill them.”
“It doesn’t explicitly refer to the Holocaust,” a source told The Independent
. “It’s a document that teaches very young children to be very afraid and treat non-Jews very suspiciously because of what they did to us in the past."
"It’s not a history lesson - you can’t say that. It’s a parable that is actively teaching the children extremism, hatred and a fear for the outside world.”
The Beis Rochel school released a statement saying that the claim that the children are being taught that non-Jews are evil is nonsense and simply false. The school explained that the questions were only talking about the the specific event that took place during the Holocaust and the word goyim was used because "there is no Yiddish word for Nazis."
Speaking on behalf of the school, Shimon Cohen said next year, the school would explicitly refer to Nazis to avoid any confusion.
“We will be very clear to avoid any misunderstanding," he said.
Cohen said that the school explained in detail to The Independent the context of the Holocaust behind the worksheet but the paper he said, "chose to ignore the facts and pursue their mischievous story.”
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