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The Hewlett-Woodmere school district, which decided last week not to add two holy Muslim days to its annual calendar, on Monday condemned derogatory comments about Islam made at a recent meeting that had drawn sharp rebukes from Muslims in the Five Towns and New York region.

Earlier, district administrators had requested closure on the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr — the end of the holy month of Ramadan — and Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, during the 2018-19 school year.

But the board decided not to add the days off for those observances in the 2018-19 calendar that it approved 7-0 at its meeting last Wednesday.


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