Texas high school principal responds to backlash over yearbook’s Times of Palestine page

HOUSTON, Texas — A high school which revealed a yearbook with a page dismissing the October 7 terror assault on Israel says it’s going to print a brand new model with out the page.

In the e-mail to mother and father of college students at Bellaire High School, principal Michael Niggli stated he was “surprised by the content” — which dismissed the assault which claimed the lives of 1,200 and resulted in over 240 hostages being taken — as “what happened, happened.”

Of these hostages, 128 stay in captivity, in accordance to Israel.

Niggli additionally stated the school shall be “enforcing new editorial protocols,” to guarantee one thing related doesn’t occur once more within the e mail, despatched Sunday.

“Although the yearbook workers and their sponsorship are charged with modifying the content material of the publication as they’ve been for a few years, as principal of Bellaire High School I’ll want to make some changes to that course of.

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Bellaire High School principal Michael Niggli needs to be certain that the identical factor doesn’t occur once more Michael Niggli/Facebook
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Texas high school yearbook page of the “Times of Palestine” Facebook/Yafit Bar

“We will be enforcing new editorial protocols for all student publications in the coming weeks as we prepare for 2024-25,” Niggli wrote to mother and father.

“We are trying to identify a solution for students who may wish to acquire a revised version of the 2024 Carillon, and we will be in touch later this week with more details.”

The school featured the page as an Arab scholar’s “account of the Israel-Gaza conflict” within the authentic printed model of the yearbook.

“Would Palestine have ended up differently if October 7 didn’t happen? Everybody would want to change the past, but what happened happened,” the unidentified scholar was quoted saying within the page.

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“Many movements started right after then that were pro-Palestine after that attack, which motivated me and my friends to also take a stand. We had to show the world that we wouldn’t stop fighting for our freedom.”

Palestine will not be acknowledged as a self-governing state by the US or many different main world powers.

A photograph of the unique yearbook page was shared by involved Bellaire High School guardian Yafit Bar, who advised The Post that the difficulty is “personal for her” as a result of her brother Leon Bar was ambushed and killed in Israel within the wake of Hamas’ October terrorist assault.

Leon was voluntarily shuttling injured civilians in his automotive to the hospital in southern Israel on October 8 when killed by a Hamas terrorist.

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The exterior of Bellaire High School in Texas Google Maps

During the Oct. 7 assault, brutal Hamas terrorists dedicated acts of sexual violence, together with gang rape in opposition to civilians, United Nations experts have concluded.

In response to an Niggli’s e mail, an Instagram page entitled “protest.bellaire.now2024” additionally posted Sunday urging college students to stroll out of class May 11 to present their opposition to the principal’s response, saying his motion “undermines” scholar “voices … and hinders free speech.”

Niggli didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark from The Post.

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