Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What Green Line? What's a West Bank?

Do Israeli textbooks help their propaganda which completely ignores a Palestinian territory?

"And how do Israelis deal with the criticism that Israeli textbooks disregard the Green Line? They ignore it. Two years ago, we published the main points of a study by Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan of the Hebrew University's School of Education. Peled-Elhanan examined six textbooks published after the Oslo Accords, including some that were officially sanctioned by the Education Ministry. Other books were adopted by many teachers even though they were not officially approved. Among the salient findings were the blurring of the Green Line, the ignoring of Arab towns in Israel, and the presentation of sites and settlements in "Judea and Samaria" (not the "West Bank") as an integral part of the State of Israel...

Bar-Gal is not sure whether the general public is no longer aware of the Green Line because it was erased from the maps, and to what extent returning it to textbooks would be the decisive factor in setting student opinion. He believes textbooks are merely one place where people are exposed to the image of the Greater Land of Israel. 'Has Haaretz put the Green Line on its daily weather map?' he asks."


"'There is nothing wrong with marking the Green Line,' Olmert said. 'But there is an obligation to emphasize that the government's position and public consensus rule out returning to the 1967 lines.' "

Do they even acknowledge that a viable Palestinian state requires East Jerusalem as their capital? Yes they do. And that's why they refuse to concede a single thing. It's typical Zionist policy. ALL the land must be held on to. Their inhabitants, on the other hand, can be met with a newer Plan Dalet. How else could it be explained that the borders of '67, and only the desired final ones, on texts are simply ignored?

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