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April 8, 2016 9:44 am

Lebanese Teachers Call for Revised Stance on Israel in National Curriculum

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The flag of Lebanon. Lebanon’s national school curriculum has traditionally defined Israel as the country’s sole enemy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The flag of Lebanon. Lebanon’s national school curriculum has traditionally defined Israel as the country’s sole enemy. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Lebanon’s national school curriculum, which has traditionally defined Israel as the country’s sole enemy, is currently under review after several teachers asked the Lebanese Ministry of Education to make revisions, the Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Thursday.

The Lebanese teachers said they “do not want to involve politics in the education system, which should be neutral and not subject to political perceptions.”

“We do not want to educate our children to hate, even if the enemy (Israel) occupies our land, violates our sovereignty, and overlooks our border,” the teachers added.

The Center for Educational Research and Development, a national organization within Lebanon’s Ministry of Education, organized several discussions last week regarding the goals of the Lebanese school curriculum. Members of a curricular committee for Arabic-language studies said in the discussions that they oppose including the phrase “animosity toward the oppressing Zionist entity” in the curriculum. Additionally, a professor from American University of Beirut expressed that the curriculum should include a notation of Lebanon’s fight against “religious extremism that threatens Arab states.”

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  • Charles Martel at the battle of Tours

    Lebanon has so many groups that have a hand in their government how can they talk about sovereignty?

    Once war again breaks out due to the Shia puppet they will be bombed back to the Stone Age!They deserve this due to supporting the devil in Iran.

  • tiki

    “Israel occupies our land, violates our sovereignty & overlooks our border”.

    Libanon?

    LOL, no wonder these people have problems!

  • Yehuda Cavalli

    I wonder what they teach about their own civil war and the persecution and eventually expelling of Christians by the Muslim forces.

  • shloime

    and published a week after april fool’s?

  • doodad

    Geeze, that would seriously curtail Jew hating indoctrination. Can’t have that in an Arab country.

  • dante

    constructive move but really too little and, if not too late, very, very late.

    and, so that one understands how truly distorted lebanese understanding is, Israel’s notional “offenses” include “occupying lebanese land, violating lebanese sovereignty, and “overlooking” the border (is that supposed to be a joke?).

    the lebanese are so separated from reality that they cannot allow themselves to acknowledge that, FROM ITS FOUNDING TILL NOW, Israel sought good relation with lebanon but that the lebanese govt through hizb regularly spies on Israel, sometimes attacks Israel, and threatens Israel and the Jewish People. the lebanese apparently expect Israel to passively submit to aggression by hizb. Israel was forced to act against the plo in lebanon and hizb, and if hizb attacks Israel, again, Israel will be forced to retaliate and, this time, given the psychopathic dimensions of hizb and iranian plans for aggression, it will be devastating.

  • It’s a step in the right direction, but continuing to refer to Israel as the enemy helps to perpetuate the problem.

  • YA’ASHER KOACH

    May the people of Aram and Levan join an alliance with Israel.

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