End-of-year play in East Jerusalem high school shows Palestinian students killing Jews on the Temple Mount
Far-right Knesset Member Itamar Ben Gvir claims final act of the play depicts his execution
An East Jerusalem high school staged an end-of-year play showing its Palestinian students dressed up as gunmen pointing weapons at others who were playing blindfolded Jews.
Footage from the play became viral on social media, depicting young actors as Jewish worshipers and Israeli policemen attempting to cause damage to the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, as they are being confronted by their classmates performing as Palestinian shahids (Muslim martyrs).
The video’s caption on social media read: “An artistic masterpiece at the Anata High School – the beautiful end scene.”
One can hear celebratory music in the background, as well as cheers of the audience, which included teachers and parents. At the end of the spectacle, the students waved Palestinian flags and came down from the stage to another round of applause.
The final act portrayed the execution of a religious Jew wearing a white kippah. Far-right Knesset Member Itamar Ben Gvir, the head of the Otzma Yehudit political party who is often seen as fueling tensions in the disputed areas, claimed the scene was directed at him.
“This is a new level of incitement against me,” wrote Ben Gvir on social media. “This is what the end-of-year play in an east Jerusalem high school look[s] like, students “executing” me, as teachers and parents are cheering on.”
“We must not remain silent in face of wild incitement at the school. It starts with incitement and may end up with murder. We should hold the agitators and terror-supporters accountable. I expect the police to arrest them,” he said.
סרטון בו נראים תלמידי בית הספר תיכון לבנים ענאתא שבמזרח ירושלים "רוצחים" בהצגה את יו"ר עוצמה יהודית איתמר בן גביר pic.twitter.com/FOI2O5tJW6— Shimon (@Shimon38542581) July 19, 2022
Israel’s Education Ministry said that the Anata High School is under the full supervision of the Palestinian Authority. The ministry clarified in a statement that it is not connected to the school in any way.
“At the same time, the ministry regrets the school raising its students on values of incitement, hatred and terrorism, instead of providing them with real education. The ministry will hand over the materials to the relevant bodies for further examination,” the ministry stated further.
Education to hatred and violence against Israel and Jews is prevalent in Palestinian schools, some of which are operated by the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
Earlier this month, ALL ISRAEL NEWS reported that recent evidence showed textbooks in certain schools still promote anti-Semitism, violence and Jihad despite many calls to amend the curriculum.
Tal Heinrich is a senior correspondent for both ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS. She is currently based in New York City. Tal also provides reports and analysis for Israeli Hebrew media Channel 14 News.