Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Israel tells schools not to teach nakba

Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent, The National, he August 21, 2010

Palestinians flee to Lebanon with only what they can carry during the nakba in 1948. Eldan David / EPA

NAZARETH // Government officials warned Israeli teachers last week not to cooperate with a civic group that seeks to educate Israelis about how the Palestinians view the loss of their homeland and the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

Israel’s education ministry issued the advisory after Zochrot – a Jewish group that seeks to raise awareness among Israeli Jews of the events of 1948, referred to as the “nakba” by Palestinians – organised a workshop for primary school teachers.

The ministry said the course had not been approved and told teachers not to participate in Zochrot-sponsored activities during the coming school year.

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