February 13, 2013

Much Ado About Israeli & Palestinian Textbooks

Michael Felsen, Common Ground News

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Like so much else that touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a just-released three-year-long study of how textbooks on both sides portray the "other" has provoked a firestorm of controversy. The fruit of a seed first planted in 2008 by a post-Annapolis Conference committee of Israelis and Palestinians dedicated to promoting education on tolerance, building a culture of peace, and preventing incitement, the study has this week succeeded in generating more heat than light, at least as far as the Israeli government is concerned. But a closer look suggests there is much to be learned - both from the study and from the responses to it.

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