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L.A. substitute teacher fired over anti-Semitic remarks

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October 19, 2011 | 11:21 am

People demonstrate in front of a Bank of America during Occupy Los Angeles on Oct. 15. Photo by REUTERS/David McNew

People demonstrate in front of a Bank of America during Occupy Los Angeles on Oct. 15. Photo by REUTERS/David McNew

A substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been fired after making anti-Semitic remarks.

Patricia McAllister said during an interview at an Occupy Los Angeles protest on Oct. 12 that “I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government—they need to be run out of this country.”

In announcing McAllister’s firing Tuesday, Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy said that although McAllister said during the interview that she was offering her own private opinion, the district can “never stand for behavior that is disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory.”

The interview was conducted for Reason.tv, a Libertarian-leaning news organization, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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