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Israel pulls history textbook from shelves

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Education Ministry is pulling a history textbook from school and stores.

The book, which had been approved by the ministry, presents the Palestinian claim that Israel practiced "ethnic cleansing" during the 1948 War of Independence.

Ha’aretz reported that ministry officials said they found "a great many mistakes, some of them serious," in the book, which is meant for 11th and 12th grade.

The book was not scheduled to be introduced into classrooms until January. It will be corrected and reviewed again before being replaced on bookshelves in Israeli classrooms and stores.
 

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