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February 14, 2020 12:12 pm

Organizers of Long Island Student Robotics Contest Denounce Judge Who Made Antisemitic Remark

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A still image from the video of the incident. Photo: Screenshot via NBC New York.

The organizers of a Long Island student robotics contest have denounced a volunteer judge who was filmed uttering an antisemitic remark during last weekend’s competition.

“What was said is disgraceful and has no place in society, let alone at a youth event,” tweeted FIRST LEGO League. “Comments such as this will never be tolerated.”

Parents and community members had expressed outrage following the incident in which a judge commented, “God d*** Jews,” to a fellow judge in response to a student presentation that mentioned a building owned by the United Hebrew Community of New York.

One parent who’s 10-year-old son competed in the project told The Algemeiner on Friday, “As a parent, I’m horrified that a judge would make such a remark. The children are as young as 8 years old and from all faiths and backgrounds.  They are simply there to learn and have fun. It’s a shame this judge tainted such a positive program.”

FIRST LEGO League also vowed that that the offending judge would not be welcomed at future events “in any capacity.”

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