Why are our taxpayer dollars going to educate non-US citizens? And especially non-citizens from an area where people celebrate the murders of Americans (on 9/11) and of Israelis (whenever there is a jihad attack against them). Why aren't his anti-Israel sentiments a matter of concern?
Also in this article, some people rightly raise concern about whether Rami Amjad Yahya might be a jihadi. Then others "take offense" at that question even being raised. Why? "Palestinians" aren't ever jihadis, now? The determined unreality of the left is amazing.
And would they have let in an Israeli who said he came from "Muslim occupied Gaza"? Outrageous. Oh to be a fly on the wall when the teacher starts the Holocaust section of the social studies class. We know in Europe that Muslims beat the teachers who speak of it. Hence many schools have stopped teaching about the holocaust so as not to offend Muslims.
Amid controversy, Palestinian student allowed to attend Northern High School PennLive, July 18, 2013 (thanks to Mike)
DILLSBURG — Despite concerns from two members, the Northern York School Board unanimously approved a Palestinian student’s request to attend high school in the district next year.
The approval Thursday didn’t come without a caveat, and some passionate bantering from a packed meeting room, however.
A controversy erupted Tuesday, as the board discussed Rami Amjad Yahya's application during a committee meeting.
Board Member Michael Barndt and Board Vice President Greg Hlatky said they were concerned about Yahya’s background because of a statement he made on his application. He said he hails from the “occupied territory of Ramallah,” rather than from the “West Bank,” where conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has existed for decades.
But Barndt said that after viewing Yahya's visa, and determining that the 15-year-old lives in the Palestinian Authority, part of the Palestinian territories, he had a change of heart.
Still, even though Yahya was accepted into Northern York School District, the scrutiny didn't end there.
At the urging of Hlatky, the School Board asked Superintendent Eric Eshbach to contact the U.S. Department of State, which helps coordinate the exchange student program, to determine how well it vetted his credentials.
An exchange student organization defended Yahya's request prior to Thursday's meeting. And most who spoke at the meeting did the same.
One resident in attendance took a different stance, though. And he asked the School Board to scrutinize the 15-year-old’s credentials harder, saying Yahya could be a Muslim, and that “the Muslims are becoming radical.”
On Tuesday, Barndt said he worried Yahya could bring “anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments" to the district, and he wasn’t willing to spend tax dollars to find out.
But he stressed Thursday that he isn't stereotyping, adding that he has Jewish and Muslim relatives.
In the next breath, however, he said he still has concerns about Yahya, because “you never know what is in one’s heart.”
Hlatky noted that his initial opposition only originated with the application.
He said his concern has nothing to do with religion, or anti-American sentiment.
“I would have done the same thing, if the German student had said she was from Berlin,” Hlatky said.
Hlatky was referring to a German student’s request to attend the high school next year, which the School Board also unanimously approved Thursday.
And even though Gina Steubedsand correctly listed Germany on her application, after asking Eshbach to vet Yahya's credentials, the board requested he do the same for Steubedsand, and another student.
Dave Christensen, who spoke out against allowing Yahya into the district without further verification, said he would like to see Yahya pass FBI and CIA clearance before being admitted to Northern.
“We’ve got radical students in Boston that blew up bombs. The Muslims are becoming radical. I’m not saying every one,” Christensen said. “I think you need to consider this when thinking about putting a student who could be radicalized by the Muslims, who could be sent here to do damage.”
Wellsville resident Harrison Sanders said he took offense to Christensen’s statements.
He told Christensen that he has no clue whether Yahya is Muslim, and said he found Barndt’s comments suggesting that Yahya could introduce anti-American ideas to Northern, “embarrassing.”
Dillsburg resident David Killian said allowing Yahya to attend school at Northern presents a cultural opportunity for him and students at the school.
“There is a great misunderstanding about what a Palestinian is. This young boy should be allowed to come over here,” Killian said.
“It would be nice for someone to come to this country where there is freedom of movement and equal rights to all people. I think this is an excellent opportunity to bring this student from Palestine, so he can share his experience from his homeland with students here.”