published : 2023-10-17

New York City Teacher Under Fire for Supporting Hamas Terrorist Organization

Public School Educator Faces Backlash for Defending Hamas Paragliders' Attacks on Innocent Civilians

Photo of a New York City public school teacher at the front of a classroom, passionately explaining a lesson to engaged students. (Taken with Nikon D850)

A New York City public school teacher, Mohammad Jehad Ahmad, has come under scrutiny for expressing support for the Hamas terrorist organization and its assault on Israeli civilians. This attack resulted in the tragic loss of more than 1,300 lives, with at least 150 kidnappings occurring.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Ahmad teaches at Gotham Tech High School. Recently, he changed his Facebook cover photo to an image of a person paragliding with a Palestinian flag attached to the parachute, accompanied by the statement 'I stand with Palestine.' This image, which also gained attention from a Black Lives Matter chapter, has been widely shared.

The photo depicts terrorists descending onto Israeli communities using parachutes and gliders, ruthlessly killing hundreds of innocent people and taking hostages. The shocking celebration of violence portrayed in the image has garnered significant backlash.

New York social worker Justin Spiro shared the screenshot of Ahmad's Facebook cover photo, expressing his concern about the teacher's glorification of the Hamas paragliders who, as Spiro states, butchered 260 teens and young adults during an Israeli music festival. He questioned how Jewish students can feel safe in Ahmad's classroom.

Image of a protest in support of Palestine, with people holding signs and chanting slogans. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

In response, Ahmad has been defending his position and launching anti-Israel rhetoric on social media platforms. Despite the continued growth of the Palestinian population since Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, Ahmad posted, 'So-called 'Israel' is a settler colony that was invented and only continues to exist through terrorism, dispossession, ethnic cleansing, and ongoing incremental genocide.'

Jehad Ahmad is not new to controversy. When the New York City Department of Education shared a range of websites discussing the Israel-Hamas war, some critics accused them of bias. But Ahmad took the opposite stance, criticizing Schools Chancellor David Banks for sending what he referred to as 'Zionist propaganda.'

The contentious phrase 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free' was chanted by hundreds of protesters in midtown Manhattan, including Ahmad, indicating a desire for the elimination of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state encompassing the entire area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

Fox News Digital reached out to Gotham Tech High School, the New York City Department of Education, and the mayor's office for comment, but received no immediate response. Chancellor Banks, however, did condemn the attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians, highlighting the impact of terrorism on innocent lives, particularly young children.

Photo of Chancellor David Banks addressing a gathering of educators and officials, discussing the importance of creating a safe and inclusive learning environment. (Taken with Sony Alpha A7R III)

This incident has sparked an ongoing debate about the presence of such extreme viewpoints within the educational system. As the community struggles to come to terms with Ahmad's statements, concerns over the safety, support, and respect for students and families affected by the attacks remain at the forefront.

The ramifications of this controversy are far-reaching and continue to unfold. It is yet to be seen how the education system will address these issues and ensure a safe and inclusive learning environment for all.