The Israeli government is compelling high school students to pass an online propaganda course before being allowed to participate in overseas class trips, a course promoting “racist ideology”.
Legal rights center Adalah has written to the Education Ministry demanding an immediate halt to the online courses, after a school in Nazareth canceled an exchange program to Sweden, rather than have its students sit the course.
According to Adalah, the “mandatory online course” created by Israeli education authorities “requires students to watch a series of videos after which they must take a multiple-choice exam, the correct answers of which promote racist ideology”.
#Israel is forcing high school students – #Jewish and #Arab – to pass an online government propaganda course that promotes #racist ideology before they are allowed to participate in overseas class trips https://t.co/92HBfLg9lR pic.twitter.com/d9FA0r7Da2
— Adalah (@AdalahEnglish) July 4, 2019
One question, for example, asks: “How do Palestinian organizations use digital social networks?” The correct answer is: “Encouraging violence”.
Another question asks students to identify the origins of modern anti-Semitism, with the correct answer being “Muslim organizations” and the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
— Jinjirrie (@Jinjirrie) July 8, 2019
The online course tells students that “anti-Semitism in Europe increased with the immigration of Muslims to Europe… from the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan.”
“The course presents a racist ideological perspective that creates an equivalence between Palestinian, Arab, or Muslim identities and violence and terrorism.”
The Israel government pays university students to go online and spread propaganda. They're called the Hasbara. That's a fact.
— Clarrisani (@Clarrisani) July 7, 2019
“Palestinian Arab high school students in the Israeli school system are being asked by this exam to assimilate its racist values.”
Adalah attorney Nareman Shehadeh-Zoabi has now sent a letter to the Education Ministry on behalf of the Masar Association and the parents of children studying at the association’s Nazareth school.
According to Adalah,
“The school cancelled its annual student exchange mission to Sweden during the academic year, after the ministry’s regulations went into effect, as it refused to allow its students to sit for such an exam which promotes racist propaganda.”
A school in the #Arab town of #Nazareth is resisting an #Israeli Education Ministry order that requires students who participate in delegations abroad to take an online course in hasbara, basically the government’s political outlook.#Educationhttps://t.co/iMGN40gnKw
— Khulood Badawi (@KhuloodBadawi) July 4, 2019
In the letter, Adalah demands that the ministry “immediately cancel the mandatory course and exam and allow students to freely participate in overseas school trips with the start of the 2019-2020 school year.”
Attorney Shehadeh-Zoabi said:
“[Palestinian Arab teenagers] are being forced to internalize humiliating statements about themselves and their families. This is outrageous and illegal.”
“Adalah will take all necessary steps to abolish this course that is repugnantly offensive to Arab citizens and students,” she added.
(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)