A female student at a school in Haifa has accused her teacher of slandering IDF soldiers as being "murderers."
Complaints from the student and her classmates indicate that when she asked the teacher to take back what she said and apologize, the teacher removed her from the classroom.
The Hebrew-site 0404 News published a post that the student put on her personal Facebook page, in which she described the incident.
"This is how a class today at municipal school A. (name abbreviated – ed.) in Haifa looks: a teacher tells her 11th grade students that 'our soldiers are murderers' – in those exact words, without trying to sweeten it up at all as they usually do," reported the student.
"Unfortunately, I couldn't keep quiet and I had to answer and stand against the teacher and demand she take it back. And in response? I was removed from the classroom and sent home from school. At an educational institution that teaches us – or at least is supposed to teach – about equality and differences of opinion, they teach me that IDF soldiers are 'murderers' and prevent me from even responding."
"I ask you, how? How in the state of Israel in 2015 can a teacher enter a classroom and call IDF soldiers 'murderers'? How can a teacher in Israel stand in front of a full class and say things like this about our soldiers, about our army, that we are supposed to be drafted to in less than two years?"
"So here, in the state of Israel of 2015 words like 'IDF soldiers are murderers' have become a completely legitimate opinion, and no, you are forbidden from getting angry about that."
Revealing a bit about her background, the student noted, "I'm the daughter of a bereaved family, my cousin was killed in a terror attack when she was a soldier – my cousin studied right here at this school in Haifa that 11-years later dares to encourage statements like this. The state of Israel of 2015. It's an embarrassment."
Senior sources of the Education Ministry in the Haifa district and in the education department of Haifa Municipality told Israel Hayom that while the complaints against the teacher are still being checked, the incident would seem to be a serious case – both because of the statement and the punishment against the student.
If the complaints of the students are confirmed, the sources said serious disciplinary steps will need to be taken against the teacher despite her standing as a veteran educator.
The teacher herself told those close to her that "this is an incident that was blown out of all proportion."
The Education Ministry in the Haifa district said in a statement that "the management of the school summoned all involved sources in the matter to clarify it completely."
The incident brings to mind the case of Adam Verete, a teacher at a high school outside Haifa who last year raised a storm and was eventually fired after telling his students the IDF is "immoral," and claiming "Israel belongs to the Arabs, and the Jews have no business here."