Study: No demonization in PA's school books
Elior Levy
Published: 04.02.13, 17:27
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1. The different responses show it all
Gustavo CL ,   Belo Horizo., Brazil   (02.04.13)
One side, the Palestinian government, seeking peace and understanding and the other side, the Israeli government, is all about inciting and demonizing.
2. Very limited study
Micha Berger ,   Passaic, NJ   (02.04.13)
Indoctrination is only partly based on how oneself and the other are described. What about a math textbook where the notion of a word problem is: "If there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?" Or Hamas pre-school graduations in which children reenact the bloody killing of two Israelis who took a wrong turn while driving and ended up in Ramallah? The constant placement of toy guns and martyr outfits on children? Where are the Israeli parallels to Farfur the mouse on state-sponsored TV teaching children to martyr themselves, or children on the show "The Childrens' Club" singing about how they wish to become suicide bombers?
3. Segregated education creates a racist society
Steven Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN   (02.04.13)
4. Just read an unabridged version of the talmut.
Ron   (02.04.13)
5. Sa'ar what do you want then?
Amedio ,   Palestine   (02.04.13)
The Israeli Education Ministry said the study was biased, unprofessional and impartial. Oh, really? what do you want the study to say: Israeli textbooks are full of love to Palestinians, while Pal. books are full of hatred. What impartiality you're talking about? it's ironic that the oppressor ties to make a balance with the one who is oppressed! typical mentality of the occupiers, well done!
6. #3 Actually, Benazzi, you might be right this time
A ,   Belgium   (02.04.13)
Take yourself, for example...
7. Ron
sarah ,   NYC   (02.04.13)
What horrible things to you think would be found in the talmud? I would be impressed if you actually had studied the entire talmud. It's a huge untertaking.
8. Compare a Israeli and Palestinian textbook...
Alex   (02.04.13)
Yourself, and you'll get a grasp of how connected this "study" is to reality... I've seen the indoctrinations found in their school material, and it ain't nice.
9. Now Show them the Real Books
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (02.04.13)
We have seen in the past that the PA selects certain books to be reviewed but then distributes completely different books to their students. All one must do is watch PA TV to see the amount of bias and hatred the PA is spreading.
10. Funny or sad?
Ferdinand ,   Israel & France   (02.04.13)
An independent study finds that there is no overt racism in either Israeli or Palestinian books, but that both sides are biased towards each other. Nothing unexpected thus far. The funny (or sad) thing is the reaction of certain talkbackers. In their fury that the study didn't find Palestinians more biased and racist than Israelis, what do they do? They launch long, racist and biased attacks on the Palestinians. Are people like Chaim, Micha and Alex trying to be ironic, or don't they understand that they just proved the very point they are trying to deny. By reacing in the way they do, they certainly lend support to the hypothesis that Palestinians are no more racist than Israelis. Had they instead reacted in a thoughtful, mediated and reflective way, they might have achieved what they were trying to do. Now they just played into the hands of antisemites. So I guess it's more sad than funny :(
11. The PLO charter says it all.
Jules   (02.05.13)
12. Here is what happened...
Victor ,   Frankfurt   (02.05.13)
The Arab professor read the Arab textbooks and interpreted everything in the best way possible. The Jewish professor read the Israeli and haredi textbooks and interpreted everything in the worst way possible. Then the American professor read the conclusions of the previous two and rubber stamped "equally bad" and sent it for publication.
13. #10 Ferdinand
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (02.05.13)
Don't confuse truth with bias. What I said about Palestinian texts books is true. In the past the PA has had two sets of text books. One that they show to Western observers and one they give to Palestinian students. This the truth. Why should myself and others not be skeptical of this latest report? I invite you to go to the Memri website and watch PA programming and make your own judgement.
14. No citations eh?
Christopher ,   Ramallah   (02.05.13)
Solid propaganda as usual
15. #13 Agreed
Get Real ,   UK   (02.05.13)
Why should the Palestinian education system textbooks be any different from their leaders stance? One set of belligerent,inciting, threatening speeches for the Arab street and another set for the rest of the world.
16. #14 christopher
solomon ,   bklyn   (02.07.13)
You prove yourself to be very gullible, as you have grown up with the propaganda of "Palestinian", begun only in the 1960's.
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