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BACBI: Education.

  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: "Ministry Walks Back Demand for External Educators to Pledge to Uphold Nakba Law" (Haaretz, Sept 23, 2022): click here!
    New wording applies criteria only to content of programs offered by outside providers, not the educators themselves.
  • Zen AL TAHHAN: "Palestinian schools in Jerusalem strike over Israel-imposed books" (Haaretz, Sept 19, 2022): click here!
    Hundreds of Palestinian schools strike in protest at Israeli efforts to impose censored Palestinian textbooks.
  • Eitan NECHIN: "How Israelis Are Taught to Erase the Palestinians" (Haaretz, August 28, 2022): click here!
    When Israel's education ministry ordered the removal of maps showing the 1967 borders from classrooms, it was the just the most recent blatant, dangerous, absurd attempt to erase the occupation – and the Palestinians.
  • Or KASHTI: "Tel Aviv and the Israeli Government Spar Over School Maps Showing 1967 Borders" (Haaretz, August 23, 2022): click here!
    The Tel Aviv municipality is spearheading a rare initiative: teaching students about the Green Line. But the Education Ministry is barring the use of maps depicting occupied territories, 'not even as a poster on the wall'.
  • Ahmad MELHEM: "Israel revokes licenses of six schools in East Jerusalem" (Al-Monitor, August 12, 2022): click here!
    Israeli Minister of Education Yifat Shasha-Biton revoked on July 28 the permanent operating licenses of six Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem, under the pretext that their curricula contain “dangerous incitement” against the Israeli government and army. The six schools will be granted a conditional one-year license to amend their curriculum or lose their license entirely.
  • "Heads of Mission of the European Union and likeminded countries visit Ein Samiya School under imminent threat of demolition." The Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA, August 12, 2022): click here!
    Heads of Mission of the European Union and likeminded countries together with the Ministry of Education visited Ein Samiya community near Ramallah in light of the imminent threat of demolition of a donor-funded school, which currently provides access to education for 17 children in Ein Samiya and neighbouring herder communities.
  • "Israel Decides To Demolish A Palestinian School Near Ramallah" (IMEMC News, August 11, 2022): click here!
  • Carrie KELLER-LYNN : "Reformers want schools to stop churning out Arabic students who can’t speak Arabic" (TOI, July 19, 2022): click here!
    With a focus on formal rather than conversational Arabic, Israel’s high schools are ‘teaching a living language as if it were dead,’ says one critic pushing for changes.
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: "Israel Cites Nation-State Law to Block Educators From Refuting Its Jewish Nature" (Haaretz, June 6, 2022): click here!
    Outside school program operators in Israel will have to sign 12 conditions in the bidding process, including vowing to not treat Independence Day as a 'day of mourning'.
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: "Israel's Education Ministry Includes anti-Nakba Clause in Tender" (Haaretz, April 14, 2022): click here!
    The requirements, which also require that school program operations declare that their content doesn’t include statements negating Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state, have been challenged in court.
  • Or KASHTI: "Israeli Plan to Boost Coexistence in Schools Slammed for Not Tackling Racism " (Haaretz, April 3, 2022): click here!
    Education Ministry panel's recommendations include expanding spoken Arabic studies, appointing a coexistence coordinator and holding field trips with schools of different backgrounds, but makes no mention of funding for these changes.
  • Or KASHTI: "Israeli Military, Intel Agencies to Enlist High Schoolers for Weapon Development Program " (Haaretz, Jan 16, 2022): click here!
    The full program, which appears to involve the development of autonomously guided weaponry, involves a 12-year commitment and experts warn against the use of children by the military.
  • Or KASHTI: "Multi-billion Dollar Plan for Israeli-Arab Schools Includes Programs on Arab Identity, New Classrooms " (Haaretz, 2 Jan, 2022): click here!
    It is difficult to remember when a strategic discussion similar to the one involved in developing the plan was conducted on Arab education in Israel.
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA & Or KASHTI: "Anti-racism Training to Become Mandatory for New Israeli Teachers" (Haaretz, Nov 21, 2021): click here!
    The training program will give Israel's future teachers the tools to engage their students with hot-button topics in Israeli society from various perspectives and tackle racism on campus.
  • Or KASHTI: "Ignoring Court Ruling, Israel's Education Ministry Discriminates Against Pluralist Jewish Groups " (Haaretz, Nov 17, 2021): click here!
    The ministry republished its decision to reduce support for pluralistic Jewish organizations’ activities in schools by tens of thousands of shekels, which was disqualified in April by the High Court of Justice.
  • Or KASHTI: "Groundbreaking Arab College Opens Its Doors to Students – Without a Permit" (Haaretz, Nov 12, 2021): click here!
    While other colleges in Israel have violated rules and introduced programs before acquiring necessary permits, opening an entire college without a permit is a new nadir and a criminal offense.
  • Reem KHAMIS-DAKWAR: "The long and winding road for Palestinian educational equity in Israeli schools" (Haaretz, Oct 27, 2021): click here!
    Palestinian students are forced to leave the mixed Israeli city of Nof Hagalil to attend school in nearby Nazareth. Why? Because local schools refuse to accommodate Arab students, which reflects the vision of local leaders -- a town devoid of an Arab population whatsoever.
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: "Arab Teachers’ in Israel Face Dilemma: Civics by the Book or Talk About the Nakba " (Haaretz, Oct 16, 2021): click here!
    Some Arab teachers in Israel juggle the Zionist and Palestinian versions of history. Others just outright rebel.
  • David KATTENBURG: "How Apartheid Israel stifles Palestinian education and scientific research" (Mondoweiss, Oct 8, 2021): click here!
    An educated citizenry and advanced scientific research capacity are key drivers of sovereign national development. No one knows this better than “Start-Up” Israel. According to one recent estimate, Israel has the third most educated population in the world (behind Canada and Japan). As for the five million Palestinians living under permanent belligerent Israeli rule and presumptive apartheid, Israel honors this truth in the breach — systematically impeding Palestinian access to education, and the ability of Palestinian scientists to carry out research.
  • Or KASHTI: "Israeli School System Takes Small but Significant Step in Discussing the Nakba" (Haaretz, Sept 19, 2021): click here!
    The new take, which seems likely to expand from the current 55 high schools, explores the comments of an Israeli military leader who sought to ‘cleanse the interior of the Galilee’ of Palestinians.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "Don't Want Your Kids Taught by an Arab? Yes, That's Racist" (Haaretz, August 26, 2021): click here!
  • Assaf DAVID: "No, Palestinian Textbooks Are Not Antisemitic" (Haaretz, August 10, 2021): click here!
    A new study unequivocally refutes the accusation made by right-wing Israeli organizations.
  • Assaf DAVID: "This Jewish-Arab School Embodies an Israeli Utopia. Its Arab Principal Reveals What's Beneath the Surface" (Haaretz, June 24, 2021): click here!
    Her grandma was Jewish but she was raised as a Muslim, in a secular environment. Now Manar Hayadre heads one of Israel's most complex educational institutions.
  • Or KASHTI: "When It Comes to Education, Israel's Ashkenazi-Mizrahi Divide Is Still Growing " (Haaretz, June 11, 2021): click here!
    A new study finds that Israel's ethnic gaps are proving persistent in the third generation, with Mizrahi women languishing at the bottom of a clear hierarchy.
  • Or KASHTI: "Inside the Conflicted World of Israeli Arab Teachers in Jewish Schools" (Haaretz, May 23, 2021): click here!
    'I chose to work in a Jewish school partly because I wanted to change reality. I’m less certain this is possible now. But if I give up and leave, pupils won’t hear a voice like mine,' says one Arab teacher in a Jewish school.
  • Or KASHTI: "Separate School Systems for Jews and Arabs Are Policy in Israel, Not a ‘Problem " (Haaretz, May 23, 2021): click here!
    The Education Ministry’s systematic disregard of studies, surveys and state comptroller reports has buried hope for education for coexistence.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "Israel's Education System's Shameful Censorship" (Haaretz, Feb 16, 2021): click here!
    The fact that the attorney general’s office approved Education Minister Yoav Gallant’s move some months ago to intervene in the Bible studies curriculum and remove clips from the satirical program “The Jews are Coming” from the ministry’s website for Bible studies teachers, is additional evidence that Israel’s democracy is in crisis.
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA & Noa SHPIGEL: "Israel's Education Ministry Holds Hearing for High School Principals Over B'Tselem Lecture" (Haaretz, Jan 28, 2021): click here!
    Dozens hold a rally in support for the of the Hebrew Reali School's decision to allow B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad to talk to students.
  • Yumna PATEL: "Rights groups defy Israeli minister’s ban on their activities in country’s schools" (Mondoweiss, Jan 19, 2021): click here!
    "The Israeli government will have to contend with us until the apartheid regime ends," B'Tselem's director Hagai El-Ad tweeted after defying a ban put in place by Israel’s Education Minister that sought to prevent human rights groups from entering public schools. - Israel’s Education Minister announced a ban this week on human rights groups from entering Israeli public schools, a move seen by many as a response to a bombshell report from B’Tselem, one of the country’s leading human rights groups, calling Israel an “apartheid state”.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "Elite Israeli School Teaches Silencing" (Haaretz, Dec 8, 2020): click here!
    Students at the Hebrew Reali High School in Haifa learned an important life lesson this week. To mark International Human Rights Day, which is Tuesday, the director of B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, was meant to address them. But when students and right-wing activists denounced the meeting, the principal of the school’s upper division, Mendi Rabinovitz, postponed it.
  • "The State of Education in East Jerusalem: Discrimination against the Backdrop of COVID-19" (Report Ir Amim, Sept 2020, pdf, 29p.): click here!
    This report was compiled before Israel's second nationwide lockdown and at a time in which the school system in East Jerusalem's "red" neighborhoods had been shut down (based on the Israeli government's COVID-19 'traffic light' system as of September 13, 2020). According to the National Emergency Portal, "formal educational activities are not being carried out in these neighborhoods, with the exception of matriculation examinations, special education, at-risk youth programs and daycare centers."
  • Ali GHAITH: "The politics of education in East Jerusalem" (Open Democracy, July 23, 2018): click here!
    After Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israel has gained its ally’s backing to go even further in its control over the Palestinian part of Jerusalem.
  • "Arab League warns for collapse of education in Palestine due to Israeli occupation" (Palestine News Network, May 25, 2015): click here!
    ... In his speech Sunday during the the opening session of the 72nd course for the council of the educational affairs, Assistant Secretary General of Palestine Affairs in the Arab League, Mohammad Sbeih confirmed the necessity of Arab support to the educational process for Palestinian students, and the strong steadfast against the Israeli occupation attempts to strip them from education, which can produce a generation that is able to challenge the occupation and establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
    Sbeih also warned that Israel was continually targeting the educational procedure in Jerusalem through imposing the Israeli curriculum on East Jerusalem educational institutes, to completely demolish the Arab identity and Judaize Jerusalem.
    Occupation is also preventing the establishment of any new schools in East Jerusalem or renovating the old ones, which lead to lack of about 1000 classrooms, in addition to using ineligible rooms for classes, such as narrow corridors, caravans and Zinc rooms crowded and narrow. The expensiveness of private schools also lead to the increase of students dropping out at an early age.
    "Israel, the occupying Power, on May 15 celebrated its sixty-seventh anniversary of occupying Palestinian land, and destroying all sides of Palestinian daily life including economic, social, health, cultural, and mostly educational, since the occupation is aware of its importance in nation-structure and its effect on the strength of a nation," Sbeih said.
    He continued, "Israel is using every possible way to restrict the movement of Palestinian students in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and fight against having an academically educated Palestinian youth by preventing them from heading to universities."
    Sbeih assured that Israeli forces in their consecutive attacks on Gaza always targeted educational institutes and hindered the reconstruction process. They also blocked the school textbooks from being entered to the Strip and prevented Gazans from reaching West Bank universities, scattering the Palestinian curriculum.



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