Textbook Wars

Israeli and Palestinian textbooks: Teaching children to hate each other | The Economist.

WHAT should Israel do about a report claiming that Israelis and Palestinians delegitimise each other in their schools? Delegitimise the report, is the response from the Israeli side. Sounding more amenable, Salam Fayyad, the Palestinians’ prime minister, asked for help to improve the curriculum.

Both sides textbooks denigrate the other – some more so than others.

Moreover, the textbooks tend to deny each other’s existence. Of 800 maps of their contested land studied by the researchers, 87% of the Israeli ones mark none of the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan river as Palestinian, whereas 96% of Palestinian maps make no mention of Israel’

What chance can there be for peaceful  coexistence when both sides teach their children to hate?

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