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March 4, 2016 5:01 am

New York State Bill Proposes Ban on Antisemitic Textbooks

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A standard classroom. A new proposed bill in New York would ban antisemitic textbooks from schools. Photo: wiki commons.

A standard classroom. A new proposed bill in New York would ban antisemitic textbooks from schools. Photo: wiki commons.

JNS.org – State lawmakers in New York have proposed a new bill that would ban antisemitic textbooks from schools.

Textbooks and materials that misrepresent historical depictions of Jews, Christians, African-Americans and other racial, ethnic or religious groups would be prohibited in New York’s statewide Common Core curriculum.

“The bias that exists in some textbooks currently in use today simply does not accurately represent Judeo-Christian history in the United States. By creating this commission, New York State will be in a better position to have input and oversight on what textbooks and instructional materials get used in our elementary schools,” said State Assemblyman Brian Curran, who recently held a press conference to discuss the bill, which he is jointly proposing with Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

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The bill would create a commission to review textbooks and prohibit any that are found to have pro-Islamic bias, antisemitic and anti-Judeo/Christian bias, or other forms of bias.

“Unfortunately, circumstances have proven the need to address antisemitism and the ongoing bias toward people of different race, religion, and ethnicity within our state public-school systems,” Hikind said.

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