Selection of Hungarian Jews on the ramp at the death camp Auschwitz-II (Birkenau) in Poland during German occupation, May/June 1944.
(photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)
A Texas school teacher was fired after posting a slew of antisemitic social media posts, including a tweet that said "kill some Jews," The Dallas Morning News reported on Friday.
Nancy Salem was fired from The Children's Courtyard preschool for the online statements, which included:
"Have a safe trip Lulu. I love you baby girl! See you in 3 weeks! Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some jews! <3 #IMissYouAlready" on May 14th, 2013, and answering a fellow user's query of "how many Jews died in the Holocaust" with "Not enough... HAHAHAHA."
There were reports that Salem had been a member of the University of Texas at Arlington chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, but the group denies she ever took part.
Children's Courtyard commented publicly on Salem's dismissal, saying, "Providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment is of the utmost importance to us. The offensive comments certainly don't reflect our views."The Dallas Morning News
reported that Salem released a statement that she was "truly sorry for the pain and hurt my words caused, especially to members of the Jewish faith." She added, "I deeply regret and believe [the statements] are not a reflection of the beliefs I hold today... As a Muslim American of Palestinian heritage, I am all too accustomed to being bullied and the target of hate speech so the fact that I made such statements is even more offensive because I should have known and acted with more compassion... even though these statements were made years prior to my employment at Children's Courtyard and I do not espouse such sentiments today, I take full responsibility for my past statements and respect the actions my employer took to address the concerns as a result."
Salem's Twitter account, @fancynancyxxo, appears to have been closed, and then reopened by someone else. The new owner of the account tweeted "So, Nancy Salem abandoned her account after the controversy, in order to remove all her tweets. Like the coward she is."