Friday, July 19, 2024

The past week and a half have been one of immense tragedy. From Hamas’ gruesome attacks on civilians to the Israeli bombings that have killed Palestinian civilians, the loss of life is deeply disturbing. So many have been traumatized, and those who survive in Gaza find themselves in a deepening humanitarian crisis.

In the Cambridge Public Schools, we have Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim and Jewish students, among hundreds of other demographic groups. Everyone we’ve met this week is sickened by the violence and terrified about what is to come. Incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia here in Cambridge are deplorable, and we must forcefully address any instances of hate in our schools and in our city generally.

As we – a Muslim mayor and Jewish vice chair – lead the Cambridge School Committee, we recommit to our common humanity and ask our community to join us. We want our students to feel safe and supported during this challenging time. Cambridge must be a place where students, families, staff and community come together to understand our diverse experiences and nurture compassion for one another.

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and School Committee vice chair Rachel Weinstein 

The writers are school leaders in Cambridge.