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Islamic School Apologizes for Anti-semitic Lessons

An east Toronto Islamic school has shut down most of its website and issued an apology after some revelations from a Jewish group. The East End Madrassah rents space every Sunday from the Toronto District School Board.It holds classes for children at David and Mary Thompson Collegiate. But yesterday, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs revealed that one of the school's online lessons said some pretty inflammatory things about Jews. They refer to them as treacherous, and crafty...lumps them in with Nazis...and accuses them of attempting to kill the prophet Mohammed. Today, those references have been removed from the site...and the school says in a release that it apologizes to the Jewish community. It also says its scholars are currently reviewing the curriculum, in order to weed out similar offensive lessons. Even so, police are investigating to see whether a hate crime has been committed. Joining Here and Now to talk about the offensive lesson - and the apology - was David Spiro. He's co-chair of the Centre. Listen audio (runs 7:30)

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