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Shocking action at a school in New Jersey: Photo of a Jewish student group deleted from the yearbook and replaced by MUSLIM students: “Obvious anti-Semitic action”

By Mitchell Goodbar for Dailymail.Com

06:57 09 June 2024, updated 06:59 09 June 2024

A yearbook scandal has rocked a New Jersey high school after the names of members of a Jewish student group were erased and their group photo was replaced with a photo of Muslim students.

The controversy first arose on Tuesday when about 375 yearbooks were distributed at East Brunswick High.

In the yearbook, the section on the Jewish Student Association was completely deleted, including the names of the members.

The group photo that should have been there had been replaced with one of a group of Muslim students who had no connection to the club.

Although East Brunswick School System Superintendent Victor Valeski said it could be a “legitimate mistake,” others quickly condemned the act as a clear case of anti-Semitism.

A yearbook scandal has rocked a New Jersey high school after the names of Jewish students were erased and their group photo was replaced with a photo with Muslim students.
In the yearbook, the section on the Jewish Student Union fell between the tenor-bass group and the Key Service Organization, both of which are listed by name next to their photos. However, there is no text for the Jewish Student Union, just a blank space.

In a statement, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen called it a “blatant anti-Semitic act.”

After apologizing to the Jewish and Muslim students, Superintendent Valeski urged the congregation not to jump to conclusions.

“I sent a message to the public today saying we are investigating the case – and I wish people would give us time to investigate the case and not rush to judgment,” he told NBC4.

He speculated that the mistake might have been harmless and had no anti-Semitic motives.

“I will wait and see what the investigation reveals, because it could be a real mistake.” He added: “I don't want to call it anti-Semitism yet.”

Mayor Cohen, however, seems to believe that there is no other viable explanation.

He said of the yearbook scandal: “It caused great outrage in the community because it is difficult for most people to understand how something like this could happen 'by accident.'”

If the textbook incident was the result of anti-Semitism, Mayor Cohen wonders whether or not it should be classified as a hate crime.

Mayor Cohen, however, seems to believe that there is no other viable explanation.

Superintendent Valeski apologized to Jewish and Muslim students and urged the community not to jump to conclusions. He speculated that the mistake may have been harmless and not motivated by anti-Semitic motives.
In a statement, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen called the incident a “blatant anti-Semitic act.”

“I think the community – both the Jewish community and the community as a whole – deserves a swift response,” Cohen said.

The mayor subsequently reacted angrily to those who had reservations about describing the act as an expression of Jewish hatred.

“It is simply outrageous and disgusting that you do not call it what it is: it is an anti-Semitic act.”

After the defect in the yearbook was discovered, the members of the Jewish Student Body met again to take a new photo, which is now attached in a modified form with the names included.

The school district has also hired an outside law firm to investigate and get to the bottom of the matter.

“Hate has no place in East Brunswick and anti-Semitism will not be tolerated,” said Mayor Cohen.

After the problem was discovered in the yearbook, members of the Jewish Student Association met again to take a new photo, which will be included in revised versions along with their names.
School buses depart the East Brunswick High School campus after school ends on February 22, 2018

Meanwhile, the New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for a “transparent and fair investigation.”

The yearbook incident “has sparked strong reactions against some Muslim students who were unaware of the misuse of their photos,” spokeswoman Aya Elamroussi said in a statement.

Following the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, tensions have arisen on university and school campuses.

On Saturday, Israel managed to free four people in a hostage rescue operation in the center of Nuseirat.

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