Colonial School Board member accused of making incendiary and an antisemitic social media post

A Facebook post made by Colonial School Board member Jamina Clay has led to an accusation of antisemitism by a local rabbi. Clay made the post on Facebook on November 14th in which she referred to the Israel Defense Forces or IDF as a “terrorist organization” and Israel’s response to the October 7th Hamas terrorist attack on Israel as the “#gazagenocide.”

In his response, Rabbi Glenn Ettman of Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill stated:

This is reprehensible – end stop. Mina Clay [Jamina Clay] is an elected official on the Colonial School District School board posting LIES and incendiary comments that are not only false information but blatant antisemitism. This does not stand in our community. I will not stand for this. She needs to be shut down and removed from office. Hate speech is not free speech.

Clay first ran for a seat on the Colonial School Board in 2019 on a slate of endorsed Democrats, which lost to a slate of candidates who did not seek endorsement from either party. In 2021, Clay ran as part of an unopposed and unendorsed slate of candidates and won a seat on the board.

The Colonial School Board has a meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Board President Beth Patruno shared with that the board plans to address the issue during the meeting.

You can find Reuters coverage of Israel’s military action at the hospital here.