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August 13, 2012 9:43 am

Israeli Schools to Promote Zionist Values for Upcoming School Year

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Sixteen tenth-grade students from mainly Russian speaking immigrant families, attending Shevah Mofet, a Tel Aviv high school, participated in a Hayarkon River Clean-up Day dedicated to Earth Day 2011. Photo: wiki commons.

Ynet – The Education Ministry has instructed teachers across the country to put an emphasis on Zionism during the upcoming school year. Schools have been mandated to focus on Israel’s national anthem and symbols in order to instill Jewish and democratic values in students.

As part of the initiative, kindergarteners are to be introduced to the Israeli flag and the menorah, and are to sing the anthem on public holidays. Elementary and high school students are to learn about Zionist icons and prominent events that shaped the national symbols during civics and history classes; furthermore, they are to study about the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

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