ISRAHELL UPDATE: Educating toward indoctrination

The minister’s claims of liberalism are disingenuous; under his watch, the national curriculum is whitewashed.

The frequent changes the Education Ministry makes to school curricula share one common denominator. Each smells of the same kind of crass, shallow patriotism that glosses over any complicated issue, forcing students to swallow the same rote, sanitized version of the multifaceted, paradoxical Israeli story and silences all critical thought.

The history books have already been rewritten. The Palestinian perspective of the Nakba – which is apparently at odds with the sterile Israeli narrative offered by Dr. Zvi Zameret, chair of the ministry’s Pedagogic Secretariat – has been censored, leaving only hollow praise for the state’s establishment. The Oslo Accords have been erased, and Holocaust studies have been expanded to “strengthen Jewish identity,” while any reference to the wider context of the rise of European fascism has been omitted.

Now the school system’s main civics textbook will also be modified, because it states that “since its establishment, the State of Israel has engaged in a policy of discrimination against its Arab citizens.” It seems Zameret and his staff do not understand the meaning of civics which, apart from imparting the basics of government and democracy, is meant to offer tools for understanding conflicts within society and nurturing critical thought among citizens.

But like the Institute for Zionist Strategies (where Zameret has been active ), the head of the ministry’s pedagogic secretariat is trying to do away with 50 years of open, critical study of Zionism, the state’s history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, students are given a patronizing version of the past, one that insults their intelligence and diminishes their ability to understand complex historical developments and identify with the society in which they live, despite its many problems.

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar says he would never intervene in course curricula, but these changes conform snugly to his world view. Sa’ar presents himself as a liberal to whomfreedom of expression  is dear, but he remains convinced that students must be inculcated with “national values.” In light of the indoctrination championed by his ministry, it seems he and his staff are less interested in promoting free expression than narrow-minded, isolationist nationalism.

Ref: Haaretz

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MP Galloway is banned from Canada

George Galloway, a British member of Parliament, has been banned from Canada on security grounds, the country’s immigration service has confirmed.

Mr Galloway, a Respect Party MP, said the ban was “idiotic” and he would look at legal action to try to overturn it.

British media reported the decision was due to his views on Afghanistan and the presence of Canadian troops there.

The anti-war MP was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 because of his outspoken comments on the Iraq war.

Mr Galloway said he was not prepared to accept what he described as an “inexplicable decision” and indicated he would challenge it with all means at his disposal.

“This has further vindicated the anti-war movement’s contention that unjust wars abroad will end up consuming the very liberties that make us who we are,” he said.

“All right-thinking Canadians, whether they agree with me or not, will oppose this outrageous decision.”

‘Mock trial’

A spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada confirmed the MP would not be allowed into the country on national security grounds.

He said the decision had been taken by border security officials “based on a number of factors” in accordance with the country’s immigration act.

Mr Galloway had been due to speak at a public forum, Resisting War from Gaza to Kandahar, in Toronto on 30 March.

In 2006 he was detained “on grounds of national security” at Cairo airport after heading to Egypt to attend a “mock trial” of then PM Tony Blair and then US President George Bush.

Mr Galloway became the figurehead for the anti-war Respect party after being expelled from Labour.

His expulsion followed comments on the Iraq war which Labour chairman Ian McCartney said “incited foreign forces to rise up against British troops”.

The party acted following a number of TV interviews, including one in which Mr Galloway accused Tony Blair and President Bush of acting “like wolves” in invading Iraq.

Mr Galloway said it had been a “politically motivated kangaroo court”.

Ref: BBC

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