Israeli Teacher Tells Students Jews Have No Business In Israel

Kiryat Tivon teacher Adam Verte has been in the news for a few weeks now, after a high school student of his had the gumption to speak out against the teacher’s insertion of politics into the classroom syllabus. The civics teacher was sent packing and was job hunting as of January 20, but what do you know; by January 31, it had been ruled that he could keep his job after all with just a minor little verbal slap on the hand. So what did Verte say that was so bad, exactly?

Verte’s gutsy student wrote (in a letter to Education Minister Shai Piron) that among other things, the teacher had said that:

“The state did not belong to the Jews at all but to the Arabs, and as far as he was concerned, the Jews had no business being in Israel at all.”

Which makes me wonder what he’s doing in Israel?

Confusing isn’t it?

Apparently not for the principal of this school, Ran Cohen, a personal friend of Verte who defended the teacher’s actions. In an interview with Israel’s Chanel 2 News on Thursday night, Cohen said Verte:

“Did something a teacher needs to do.”


Hmm. I would have thought that what a teacher needs to do is set an example for his students. So if he really thinks Jews have no business in Israel, the thing he needs to do—as a teacher—is to make like a tree and leave.

Mr. Verte? Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food


  • deedee

    Excellent timing! Just this morning I was having coffee with a friend whose extreme-far-left-”activist” uncle works tirelessly to dismantle the State of Israel. When I asked my friend why her uncle continues living in Israel, she said, “oh, you know how it is – he has a nice house, and kids, and the kids’ grandparents live there”, and blah blah blah. I always wonder where these activists think they’re going to go if they get their wish.

    • Varda

      Yeah. They really make no sense. I just don’t get them.

  • Dafna Yee

    I am absolutely horrified!!! Not only should that teacher have been fired, his license to teach should have been taken away if that were possible. Frankly, I would be very happy if both the teacher and the principal were horsewhipped!

  • Art Deco

    He does not leave because he is not readily employable anywhere else and his self-concept is dependent on casting aspersions on others.

  • NewClassTraitor

    So why doesn’t he put his money where his mouth is and leave the country?

  • PJ Hill

    In referring to the Nazis, Ken Schumacher, a Social Democrat in Weimer Germany, said that they appeal to the swine in men. It seems from what is reported so far that Sabah is much the same and Verte is quite the opposite. Yet Hamas and their ilk makes no less of an appeal to the swine in men. The question is profound because it goes to the heart of how to build a two state solution. Do you convince the Islamofacsists on the left and their Sabah counterparts on the right that they are wrong and in the name of human dignity, there must be a narrative that there must be a narrative that gives Jews and Palestinians that accords mutual respect, or do you just dismiss both irredeemable and try to unite the center in support of the Jewish State, the Palestinian state, and the reconciliation of the historical apposites of liberty, equality and fraternity and universalism on one side and particularism, including Zionism on the other. Zionism is a historical necessity and a proud product of human redemption, but so is the concept of universalism, and reconciling the two is is not only a moral imperative but is also a practical imperative in allowing a Jewish state, the nation state of the Jewish people just as Bibi says, to co-exist in an Islamic Middle East. A difficult question, but perhaps not an impossible one if people get off their high horse and give each other a break.