by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A Minneapolis public school teacher called for the eradication of the Jewish state during an event commemorating “past socialist revolutions,” stating that she does not support a “complete ceasefire” in Israel because she “only want[s] one side to stop fighting.”
Meredith Aby-Keirstead—a social studies teacher at Kennedy High School in suburban Minneapolis— spoke at an Oct. 21 Freedom Road Socialist Organization panel, which aimed to contrast “China’s socialist policies to the imperialist agenda of the United States.” During her speech, however, Aby-Keirstead steered the conversation away from China, opting instead to praise the “wins of Palestinian freedom fighters” and advocate for terrorism against Israelis.
“When I hear people calling for a complete ceasefire, I think, ‘No, that’s not quite right,'” Aby-Keirstead said. “Because we only want one side to stop fighting.” The social studies teacher went on to chant, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a rallying cry for the Jewish state’s destruction.
Aby-Keirstead’s support for Hamas’s ongoing attacks against the Jewish state shows that American K-12 schools are not immune from the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric exploding on college campuses following the terror group’s Oct. 7 assault.
Aby-Keirstead, who has worked as a Bloomington Public Schools teacher since 1997, is an active member of a number of far-left activist groups, including the Freedom Road Socialist Organization’s Twin Cities chapter and the Anti-War Committee. Last week, both the public school teacher and her 14-year-old daughter were arrested for trespassing at an anti-Israel rally held at Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D., Minn.) office, the St. Paul Police Department confirmed. Aby-Keirstead and other rally goers said they would not leave until they got to “speak with the representative about her silence on the loss of Palestinian lives.”