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'A Horrifying Demographic Problem'

Palestine Monitor | 12.12.2009 14:22 | Anti-militarism | Anti-racism | Palestine | World

A wave of recent studies from academics both sides of the wall have revealed ingrained racism in Israeli schools. Books authorised by the ministry of education habitually use geography, history, language and other methods to instil negative perceptions of Arabs and Palestinians.

Nurit Peled, co-founder of Bereaved Parents for Peace and lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has written extensively on the subject. “From the age of three children have a military education. From the minute they learn about holidays it is about our land and our destiny.” Peled believes feelings of national pride are subtly manipulated to craft an identity based on superiority and advancement, inversely denigrating those outside these parameters.

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