The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Israeli textbook states Arab view - but not for Jews

Israeli textbook states Arab view:

The Israeli government has approved a school textbook that for the first time presents the Palestinian denunciation of the creation of Israel in 1948.

The book, to be used only in Israeli Arab schools, notes that Palestinians describe the event as a "catastrophe".

"Both the Israeli and Palestinian versions have to be presented," education minister Yuli Tamir said.

The book was condemned by right-wing politicians but hailed by Arab Israelis who say all schools should use it.
Separate schools, separate schoolbooks. But don't call it an apartheid state. (Why on earth the spin on this article, notably the headline, is positive is beyond me.)