Palestinian textbooks erase Israel. Harriet Sherwood erases moral distinctions.
by Gidon Ben-Zvi • Feb 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm
In a recent report for the Guardian (Israeli and Palestinian textbooks omit borders, Feb. 4), Harriet Sherwood exposed Israel's education system for the world, or at least her loyal readership, to see, noting that: "In Israeli textbooks, 76% of maps show no boundaries between Palestinian territories and Israel.
nstead, Sherwood serves the cause of absurd moral equivalency by implying that while Palestinian textbooks portray a world without Israel,refer to Jews as "Zionist gangs" and rewrite the Holocaust to ignore atrocities committed against Jews, Israel's no better since it doesn't recognize the non-existent borders of a country which doesn't exist.
Sherwood's piece suggests that Israel is teaching hatred by virtue of the fact that its educational system doesn't propagate the Palestinian national narrative, one which depicts the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 as an original sin that dispossessed the land's native people. Over the years this Nakba narrative has metastasized into an international coalition of Islamists and leftists which celebrates the Palestinians as the quintessential "Other", the last victims of Western racism and colonialism.
Sadly for Ms Sherwood and her fellow travelers, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." So, beyond the guerrilla chic appeal of movements for social justice that are only heard if they are loudly anti-Western, and superficially pro-democratic – yet remarkably mute when it comes to the vast majority of crimes against humanity inflicted by the once colonized against their own people – here are some pesky facts to consider:
While Sherwood finds it noteworthy that school books of societies in conflict tend to contradict one another, she finds the following facts too inconsequential to even bear repeating:
At its core the Palestinian liberation movement stands neither for the Palestinians nor liberation. It is very much defined by what it's against: the sovereignty of the Jewish State over ALL lands seized, conquered or liberated (insert your preferred verb here…) from 1948 onward. Sherwood and her political fellow travelers realizes that since Palestinian independence needs to be created Ex nihilo – out of nothing – the only surefire way to do so is by undermining Israel's legitimacy by a thousand cuts.
Today, it's Israel's education system. Rest assured that once school is out for the summer, Sherwood and like-minded fighters for freedom will dig up another half-baked canard, dust it off and fashion it into the latest whip to be inflicted upon Israel and its citizens.
This article was originally published by CiF Watch on February 4th 2013 and appears here, with permission.