Woodbridge teacher fired after posting 9/11 conspiracy theory links
WOODBRIDGE — A Woodbridge High School teacher whose page on the school district's website linked to 9/11 conspiracy theory articles is losing his job.
PIX 11 reported that history teacher Jason Ali's page linking a headline that said the U.S. planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as well as other anti-Semitic content.
The links, however, are to the Middle East Media Research Institute — a website that does not endorse conspiracy theories but exists to translate Middle Eastern media into English in order "to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East." One of its projects is to keep track of "ongoing efforts to deny responsibility for 9/11 and to attribute it to others, through various conspiracy theories." The PIX 11 and other media reports about Ali do not explain this context.
Woodbridge Board of Education attorney Jonathan Busch confirmed to New Jersey 101.5 Thursday afternoon that Ali had been fired pending approval by the board. He could not elaborate on the exact reason for the action.
Superintendent Robert Zega earlier told the media that the links were "upsetting" and that the teacher could "be disciplined severely."
State records show that Ali is 33-years-old and has been a teacher in Woodbridge since 2011.
Two people from Woodbridge died in the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.
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