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Student's answer on civics test: Death to Arabs
Tomer Velmer
Published: 19.01.11, 10:52
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1. Maybe
R ,   Israel   (01.19.11)
Before the discussion, announce an automatic grade reduction for anyone expressing hate. It's school, not the street, and you have to behave.
2. Why include controversial topics in school syllabus?
Tejas ,   India   (01.19.11)
School is definitely not a place to promote to political ajenda.
3. Discrimination in class-rooms Israel
Shan Ti ,   belgium   (01.19.11)
How come that NO WHERE in this article the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS IS BEING MENTIONED???? Because that's for a big part where the problem is. And only if there is change or correction there, a child may open his eyes and realize his/her racist behaviour.
4. inevitable given the tsunami of Arab antisemitism
ben yaacov ,   herzliya il   (01.19.11)
5. This is the natural result of unyielding arab terror
Avi Steinson ,   Tel Aviv   (01.19.11)
enhanced by the "peace" process
6. other causes
Dan ,   Rimonim, Israel   (01.19.11)
Let's not blame the political situation completely. The Palestinians are also to blame for preaching about the destruction of Israel, the Jewish people and not wanting to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
7. Thank you Lieberman et al.
Jeff, Ex-Marine ,   San Diego, US   (01.19.11)
These kid will now join the worlds most moral yada yada yada and fulfil their wildest fantasies - Kfar Kassem II, III, IV, V..... Meanwhile, Israeli politicians will adopt the "The Scream" pose and lambast their Palestinian counterparts for teaching their children hatred. Clearly these students have already aced the IDF civics test. Well done boys!
8. Agree with 4 and 5
Scott ,   Haifa   (01.19.11)
9. I abhore racism, but I can understand where
Vicky ,   Ashkelon Israel   (01.19.11)
some of the kids are coming from, Especially when day after day you are fired at from the Arabs, who in turn are applauded by the Left wing so called Jewish fraction for doing such things. When the world has treated you to 2000 years of hatred and persecution I think their generation has had enough. I'm reaching that point myself. Teach Children how to behave not how to be PC, that is so one-sided. Teach kids to love - not hate. Do not bring politics into the class room thats for University. not kids who in a few short years will serve to protect us from the Arab Countries that surround us.
10. birth/blood defining "real Jews" the cause of racism; also
Paqid Yirmeyahu ,   Ra'anana, Israel   (01.19.11)
the cause of racism relative to the conversion problem, the "Jewishness" of the state problem, many of the rifts within the Orthodox and Haredi communities, among Israeli Jews and the world at large. But don't be introspective and dare imagine that Jews might be wrong about anything. Paqid Yirmeyahu Paqid 16, The Netzarim, Ra'anana, Israel Israeli Torah-reverer & Orthodox Jew: Teimani, Baladi, Dor Dai Advocate for Logic as Hermeneutic Halakhic Authority Welcoming all who choose to keep Torah (When questions to me go unanswered, ynet has refused to post it. Ck our Web Café at
11. u are turning ur children to war criminals
ivan ,   haifa   (01.19.11)
12. Racism..........
Freha Barbladi ,   Gibraltar   (01.19.11)
Racism from whichever direction it originates is despicable. However, as we know, anything sociatal growths from a milieu. Just check the early 50s when the Israeli media was full of stories on the "Shwartzeh Immigration" to befall on Israel: that was the Big Jewish Moroccan influx. Then came the Gergians, the Ethiopians, then the Russians. And now : its the Arabs. Well, not only the Knesset with all its glory that incuces the kind of Racism towards mostly the Arab Mks who have the democratic rights to sway the Israeli Discourse for their own prespectives, but the Exreme Right and Left, left if I may say, the room for such envinment. The Media is not helping as it has its own AGENDA ( different ones for different interest groups). There is a melancoly among the student who hear a strident discourse that is not, perceived by them, level plain field; leaning towards benefiting the Israeli Arabs. I would discount Ehud Barack's move, as we all perceive and still perceivin him as a non-principled, opportunistic practitioner of Eggocentrism in the Political Israeli Space.
13. Israeli self-destruction
Morton Schwarz ,   T-A, now Pasadena   (01.19.11)
Our family discussed the situation in Israeli schools and universities on May 31 last year. We decided to leave Israel, all of us with our school-age children before racism and fascism become the leading and majority attitude in the state and society of Israel. 13 of us are already gone, during the summer school vacations the rest of us, another 18 people will follow. And this after our parents and grandparents have fought for the creation of the state. They also would - if dead - or will - if alive - turn their back to THIS Israel.
14. Perfectly Understandable
Daniel ,   Del Mar, CA   (01.19.11)
These are kids who had to grow up afraid that they would be killed by Palestinian terrorists. They have been severely traumatized. I worked in mental health, and it is not a surprise to me that small children raised under threat would act out as adults. Why is anyone surprise by this? If you go to a prison and work with people who have committed violence crimes, you will have a hard time finding someone who was not hit as a child. What was done to this generation of Israeli children will delay peace for a very, VERY, long time. It also appears to be causing a shift to the political right, as reported by teachers avoid teaching liberal topics.
15. Hatred
Gabe1 ,   Thornhill, Canada   (01.19.11)
You reap what you sow. You cannot teach Leftist crap while Qassams fall and people are killed. The news provides the education and the reaction is understandable. If instead of defeatism you taught pride than maybe the students would not lash out. My wife is Israeli ,so I understand the mind boggling liberalism that is taught in schools against the wishes of the majority.
16. Hatered for Arabs
yoel reuben ,   Israel   (01.19.11)
Teaching children to learn the basic values of co-existance and not to hate anyone is the job of parents, how children behave at home and towards their elders is an important factor. children in Israel are given too much freedom to do and say what they like. This problem must be solved at different levels.
17. We are winning
Artyom   (01.19.11)
i think we have a great generation of voters coming soon. our country actually has a future!
18. Students on civics tests
Nili   (01.19.11)
This sounds like another leftist ploy to turn people against Israel--except this time it comes from the inside. Give me a break--there are attacks by arabs every single day, a Jew can be killed for turning down the wrong street. The "peace process" is a sham because there is no partner on the PA side--the want it all. Wake up and smell the coffee!
19. #13
Golani ,   Vineland, USA   (01.19.11)
I am sorry to tell you that the very reason for the attitude that you describe that you left Israel for is starting to catch up in Europe and most of the world. It may eventually catch up with you in the US. When you will be forced to pray towards Mecca 5 times a day and your female family members will be forced to wear a burka, you may remember and yearn for you past. It is a beautiful dream to think that there would be no hatred on either side, but at least I know that my side, (Jewish and Israeli) is just.
20. To Golani (it already said everything) #19
Gregg ,   Haifa, IL   (01.19.11)
You are talking from fear and lack of knowledge. Your post is full of hate and fear. The same that Germans had for Jews in the 30's. You should remember that once our people were shown as the evil ones ! And now, you're doing exactly the same to others. I think you watch too much tv and listen too much news to think that all the world will turn extremist islamist !!
21. R @ 1, do not be foolish. You need actual results, not
leo ,   usa   (01.19.11)
grades for show. You need to teach against hatred, not hide the mere fact of it.
22. student racism
bear ,   zefat, israel   (01.19.11)
Duh, I wonder why the students feel that way? Are you lefties getting the message?
23. Hate is so sweet...
SyrianFreedomEagle   (01.19.11)
As a Syrian with a long-term vision for the whole Middle East, I truly support hatred of Ysraelis against Arabs for the following two reasons: 1. The hate makes clear to us that Israyel is an eternal enemy 2. The children in the school feel threatened by Arabs, although Arabs have no weapons due to pro-iesrayeli dictatorships.... Lets share my long term vision for the ME together, my isruuyeli friends! Have a nice day
24. #5: Pure BS
ns   (01.19.11)
25. the fruits of lieberman's work :)
J   (01.19.11)
26. #23 Hate is so sweet!
Palestinianhatesall ,   but loves Palestine   (01.19.11)
We hate Israel. we hate the Syrian regime. we hate all arab regimes. We hate religious We hate secularists We hate the West and the east We hate the Persians We hate lying We hate hypocrisy We just love ourselves We just love Palestine
27. to No. 13 Scawrtz. You are coward you should have stayed ...
Ari ,   Romania-Israel   (01.19.11)
and fight for what you think is right. Every person that contributes is an aded value. By runing away it shows, not only you are coward by abandoning Israel, but also not worthy of living here.We need people that fight for their ideas, if one believes in his idea one should fight for it. Maybe you were here 10 40 years and you surrended, The jewish people have been wondering 2000 years and the last 145 years have fought for a Jewish Homeland. There were many moments of discouragment, but persistence let us to triunf. Can you imagine if Ben Gurion or the first ideologists of modern Israel would have renounced after England's betrayal. First cuting Palestine to a mere 20% of the original promise in the Balfour Declaraction. 2. fighting the english decission of the White Book.. 3. Even the request of the USA to delay the declaration of independence. Against all odds Israel was stablished and now we have a country worth fighting for, not only in the military field but also in the ideological field. Thank G-D the first Zionists or the Mayority of Israelies are not like you or the 18 cowards that are also leaving Israel is not more racist than Europe or America. America has her KKK, will that make all America Racist? If you think there is an ideologic or racist problem here, you should have fought and try to change it. By abandoning the ship like a rat is not the solution. I am sure if your Parents and Grandparents would be alive they would have fought for their truth. If you want to change things you have to fight for them. But only critisizing and watching is not the solution. I pitty you
28. "blamed politicians" while the leftest press is ok
rebecca ,   Modiin   (01.19.11)
This article also mentioned the racism against the Ultra- Orthodox. Of course the left liberal press has got nothing to do with this.
29. Star Belly Sneetches by Dr. Seuss and
Nick Sporek ,   Jerusalem, Israel   (01.19.11)
make them watch the documentary "A class Divided" with Jane Elliott
30. I lived with racism a large part of my life.
Dyslexic.... ,   Israel....   (01.19.11)
If we the Jewish people havent learned from our history,we have learned nothing.We have too stop this hatered and racism in Israel.It can turn on us in the future and cost us big time.
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