Video shown in Clarkstown raises anti-Semitism concerns

There are allegations of anti-Semitism swirling in a prominent Rockland school district.



The allegations stem from a controversial video shown to several dozen students at Clarkstown South High School by their social studies teacher 10 days ago.



The video was meant to portray the experiences of Judaism and Christianity during the time of the Roman Empire.



The video includes parts that say, "The Jews sought to resist the Roman Empire through violence and lust." It also says that Jewish people were easy to differentiate and held themselves aloof, and as a result, were easily labeled violent extremists to be attacked. It also says the Jews "got what they deserved."



Several rattled students turned to Rabbi Brian Leiken, of Temple Beth Shalom in New City, for guidance.



"It seems as if it's told from an authority - it's dangerous in that way because that's truly how hate and intolerance, certainly anti-Semitism, spread," he says.



The principal of the school did not comment, but News 12 was told an apology letter sent to parents and students called the video a mistake.



The Anti-Defamation League of New York also denounced the video, calling it "abhorrent."


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