(By Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post). A Nebraska school district has canceled two speaking events for a Palestinian Christian activist out of concerns over reported anti-Semitic harassment.
Nora Carmi, formerly of the group Kairos Palestine, was scheduled to speak at two high schools in Omaha through the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
However, a school official with Millard Public Schools explained to the Omaha World Herald that Carmi’s talks were canceled amid alleged anti-Semitic incidents on campus.
“The district … heard concerns from a local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League that a Jewish student or students were being verbally harassed,” reported the World Herald last week.
“The details of the alleged harassment are not clear, but Millard decided to withdraw Carmi’s invitation to both high schools.”
Millard Public Schools spokeswoman Rebecca Kleeman told the local media outlet that the cancellation came as a result of the incident and not, as some claimed, due to a complaint that Carmi’s presentation would be one-sided.
“We could see this was a situation that was spilling out of the classroom and becoming a disruption to our learning environment,” said Kleeman to the World Herald.
Born in Jerusalem months before the establishment of the modern state of Israel, Carmi has in the past campaigned for boycotts against Israel over the occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
Related article: International Peacemaker Uninvited to Two High Schools