Nancy Salem was fired last week amidst reports that she had written several anti-semetic tweets online, even one saying “kill some Jews”, and has finally come out to publicly apologize.
The preschool teacher had tweeted: “Gassed a Jew. I’m sweating. Heil.” In another, she asked, ‘How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough, hahaha.” She also then wrote, “Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some Jews.”
In her apology, Salem stated that in her youth in High School she participated in a local Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, which she says influenced the tweets. She also holds that those statements were tweeted by her as a teenager and no longer reflect her beliefs.
The local Students for Justice in Palestine say that Salem was never a part of their group, and there are no records of her participating in their events.
The full apology reads:
“Several years ago, while still a teenager attending high school, I made some racist and anti-Semitic statements that I deeply regret and believe are not a reflection of the beliefs I hold today. Furthermore, these statements were made at a time when I was not strong in my faith nor do they reflect the family values of inclusivity and respect for all faiths that my parents have worked very hard to instill in us. As many people can relate, teenagers often get involved with individuals that influence their behaviors and not always for the better and I deeply regret having been influenced in such a way.
That, however, does not excuse my actions and I am truly sorry for the pain and hurt my words caused, especially to members of the Jewish faith. As a Muslim American of Palestinian heritage, I am all too accustomed to being bullied and the target of hate speech so the fact that I made such statements is even more offensive because I should have known and acted with more compassion. Finally, even though these statements were made years prior to my employment at Children’s Courtyard and I do not espouse such sentiments today, I take full responsibility for my past statements and respect the actions my employer took to address the concerns as a result. Thank you.”