Middle East studies in the News
Teacher Who Spewed Anti-Israel Rhetoric Back in Classroom [on Nadia Shoufani]
by Sue-Ann Levy
Controversial Mississauga Catholic elementary teacher Nadia Shoufani, suspended with pay last summer for spewing anti-Israel rhetoric at the 2016 Al-Quds Day hatefest, has resurfaced in a Sept. 10 online issue of al-Meshwar, a Holocaust-denying Arabic-language newspaper, which tried to endorse Niki Ashton for NDP leader last month.
In the article (translated from Arabic by the B'nai Brith and entitled, "Here I have Won, and Woe to the Losers"), Shoufani contends that she has triumphed after a "fierce Zionist campaign" to intimidate and silence her and to "destroy" her life and career.
Shoufani, who teaches special education, science and ESL at St. Catherine of Siena separate school claims all she was doing in her 2016 Al-Quds day speech was "supporting Palestine and exposing the crimes and practices of the Zionist occupation."
Attempts to reach Shoufani at her school Monday were unsuccessful.
During her 10-minute Al-Quds Day speech, posted on YouTube, Shoufani urges attendees to "support the resistance (against Israel) in any form imaginable." She also expresses "glory to the martyrs" — including a member of a known terrorist organization who smashed the head of a four-year-old Israeli girl on beach rocks.
In her al-Meshwar article, she contends that despite the "racist discrimination" to which she's been exposed, they (her Zionist oppressors) "did not succeed in breaking the power of resistance" within her.
Shoufani ends the lengthy article by vowing to continue to expose "the crimes of the occupation" and to continue the work of "boycotting, imposing sanctions and divesting from the usurper Zionist entity."
She also makes it quite clear that she will not stop quoting the words of Ghassan Kanafani, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, defined by the Canadian government as a banned terrorist group.
The B'nai Brith, tipped off about her latest article through their hotline, is demanding that Shoufani be removed from the classroom.
CEO Michael Mostyn says it was "quite shocking" to see her resurface and once again praising terrorists.
"It's disturbing when educators of our children are praising those who promote the most abhorrent forms of violence against innocent civilians," he said. "That's not the kind of role model we want to see in the classroom."
He said it's no wonder she's back at it, considering she has been subject to "no consequences" for openly and very publicly supporting hateful terrorists.
Shoufani was reinstated last November after the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Union intervened and expedited an arbitration hearing, which ruled in her favour.
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board spokesman Bruce Campbell said the matter was referred by the board to the Ontario College of Teachers and is still in their jurisdiction.
The OCT, which launched an investigation last fall, is apparently still investigating.
"The College is aware of the most recent coverage regarding Nadia Shoufani," OCT spokesperson Olivia Yu said in an e-mailed response Monday. "We only comment publicly about a matter when it has been referred by your discipline committee for public hearing ... we never comment on matters at the investigation stage."Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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