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Arab Educators in Israel Declare Boycott; Refuse to Open West Bank Schools

Israel’s Ministry of Education was informed today by the heads of the Arab Educational Association that they refuse to cooperate with the Israeli authorities and will not open their schools in Old Jerusalem and in the west bank, which have been scheduled to start classes for the next academic year on September 1.

At the same time, the association leaders addressed a letter to all Arab teachers ordering them not to accept the reunification of Jerusalem, to refuse to accept curriculum and textbook changes ordered by the Israelis, and to oppose “subjugation by the Israeli occupying powers.”

The Arab opposition to the textbook changes is the result of efforts by the Israeli authorities to delete from the teachings given Arab pupils much anti-Jewish and Arab nationalist propaganda that have filled the Arab teachings previous to the Six-Day War. Regarding curricula, Israel had found that, prior to the war, many courses in geography, civics and contemporary history were also rife with pro-Arab and anti-Israeli propaganda.

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