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Tuesday Morning Fisking

The curiously named Summer Said has such a hard time building a case that Israeli textbooks incite anti-Arab hatred, that the Arab News carry the article with the ridiculous heading Israeli Textbooks Incite Anti-Arab Hatred, but So Very Subtly. I feel a fisking coming on….

To say that the Israeli media incite hatred against Arabs is an understatement, especially as Israeli press rarely misses an opportunity to publish daily reports about the terror the country is subjected to by the Palestinians.

Hmm..an admission that Israel is subjected to terror by the PLO Arabs, and that the Israeli media reports the almost daily attacks does not incitement against Arabs make. It does, however, make for one hell of a lousy argument.

Interestingly, a new Arabic study has appeared in Egypt recently to reveal that Israeli textbooks are stirring hostility and grudge against Arabs.

Interestingly? No. Boringly predictable? Yes.

Egyptian education expert Safa Abdel Aal found out that Israel’s education curricula include texts that psychologically mobilize young students for war, inciting hatred and racism.

 

“If you look closely at the Israeli books you will find passages about war and how it is the only way to defend their rights,” said Abdel Aal.

If Israel is so preoccupied with war, how come Israel’s wars have all been thrust upon her, despite her efforts at arriving at negotiated solutions? In addition, you don’t have to look closely at the PLO Arab books to find evidence of the view that killing Jews is the only way to defend PLO Arab “rights”.

“They make them accept war as a mission inherited from the first Zionist generations to regain their so-called legitimate and historical rights.”

 

In her latest book “Racist Education in Israeli Curricula”, Abdel Aal has analyzed 16 history and geography books being taught at the primary education level. These books justify decades of abuse against the Arabs and Palestine, in particular, the theme being it is important to establish the Kingdom of Israel. Young Israelis are subjected to this as early as the third grade until the sixth grade and later they are educated about the army in the 11th grade.

 

A brief skim through the 230-page book reveals that Abdel Aal’s main objective is not just giving detailed information about the Israelis’ education system but rather a warning toward a method that degrades and demeans the image of the Arabs.

 

The Israeli books include stories about the early settlers like “Jerusalem for me and you”, “I’m the discoverer of Jerusalem”, “Homeland” and “City of Taparia”, a selection of stories that shows the sacrifices made by the early Jewish generations “despite a harsh climate and an environment full of the Arab embezzlers, killers, thieves and terrorists who cause insecurity in the holy land”.

There is absolutely no way any Israeli school textbooks would contain any passages referring to Arabs as “embezzlers, killers, thieves and terrorists.” A history book might refer to the harsh climate and Arab terrorists faced by the early pioneers, but this is very different from categorizing all Arabs in this way.

“All the books I have analyzed include images about the Arabs such as barbarous and thieves and other descriptions that make the younger Israeli generation hate and fear the Arabs,” said Abdel Aal. “By implementing this method Israel kills every possible chance of having peace with Arabs as children are taught to believe strongly in war,” she told Arab News.

Israelis fear Arabs after they bomb their buses and cafes, shoot their infants at point blank range, and lynch their civilians. No Israeli textbook needs to teach us to be weary of Arabs. Notice I did not use the word “fear”, since we are not afraid. Just cogniscent of the fact that we need to protect ourselves now more than ever.

Veteran education expert Hamed Ammar, who wrote the introduction to the book, told Arab News that the Israeli education curricula mirror the Israeli racist and imperialist ideologies applied by their government. “Let them talk about their objectivity but these books are a stark example of how they are keen on planting such racist ideologies, which proves that they have no intention of establishing a comprehensive peace in the Middle East as they claim,” he stressed.

 

The publisher Muhammad Rashad, meanwhile, expects the book to be a hit when it is translated into other languages in the foreseeable future and will distribute 10,000 copies to Cairo’s bookstores. He explains that his confidence stems from Abdel Aal’s credibility which rests on her experience in the Israeli education system and the interest of international readers to know about the Zionist plans of Israel. Rashad said that Abdel Aal’s previous book about the scientific and technological education in Israel has also raised her profile as a researcher.

 

Abdel Aal’s book, however, is not the first attempt to reveal the Israeli racist education system. In 1978, Palestinian university teacher and researcher, Rateb Al-Badawi released a book in which he exposed how the Israeli education system was built on themes like hatred toward the Arabs, war and racism.

 

Another Egyptian researcher and Hebrew professor, Rashad Al-Shami, said that the Hebrew literature was recruited for the service of the Zionist goals. 

Yada yada yada. So the argument basically boils down to the fact that Israeli books deal with history, which deals with the facts that there were Arabs unleashing war on us, and otherwise committing atrocities against us. By reporting these facts, the books incite hatred against Arabs. The fact that it is the actions of the Arabs that generate whatever negative feelings we may have towards them, is entirely irrelevant.

 

Meanwhile, for more on PLO Arab incitement of hatred against Jews, go here.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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