education ministry bldg 224.88.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimki)
A high school principal was summoned for a hearing by the Education Ministry for using a textbook that presents the Palestinian narrative about events surrounding the 1948 War of Independence, officials said Friday.
RELATED:'Naqba’ bill approved for first readingSa'ar drops 'Nakba' from Arab textbooks
The principal of the Sha'ar Hanegev high school has been told to report next week to clarify with Education Ministry officials his school's use of an unapproved textbook, ministry spokesman Hagit Cohen told The Associated Press.
The textbook in question gives the Israeli narrative of the War of Independence next to that of the Palestinians, with blank space in the middle for students to insert their own thoughts, according to a report this week in Haaretz
An unnamed teacher at the school told Haaretz
that the ministry instructed the school to pull the book two days after the academic year began this month.
Cohen, the ministry spokeswoman, said the book was rejected by the
Education Ministry five years ago, not during the term of the current
government. The ministry's policy has always been to summon principals
for clarification whenever unauthorized materials are used, she said.
"This is not about the content of this particular textbook," Cohen said.
She would not say what steps the Education Ministry might take.
Michal Shaban-Ketzer, a spokeswoman for the local council with
jurisdiction over the school, confirmed that the principal had been
summoned. School officials would not comment further until after the
hearing, she said, and officials at the school could not be reached
directly for comment.
Last year, the education minister ordered references to the Palestinian naqba
, or "catastrophe," removed from a textbook for Arab third-graders.
Teachers were free to discuss the personal and national tragedies that
befell Palestinians, Education Minister Gideon Saar, a member of Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, told Parliament at the
time. However, he said that "no other country in the world, in its
official curriculum, would treat the fact of its founding as a
The third-grade textbook had been approved two years earlier.