Sa'ar promises Arab educators: 'No Judaizing'

By ABE SELIG
September 2, 2009 00:10

 
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Responding to angry statements made on Monday by Arab educators threatening civil disobedience if Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar carries through with recently-announced plans to drop the word "Nakba" from Arab textbooks and to introduce classes on Jewish culture and history, Sa'ar sounded a conciliatory tone while visiting schools in the north on Tuesday. "I have no intention of 'Judaizing' anyone and no one has heard me say that I would impose the national anthem on the Arab schools," Sa'ar told students at a high school in Shfaram, which he visited together with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "But I do intend on starting a new program, in grades four through nine, called 'Israeli Heritage and Culture,' in which students will study [about] the Hebrew calendar, the country's flag, and the national anthem." Sa'ar also promised to "invest effort, thought, and funds in order to promote education among Muslims, Druze, Circassians, and Bedouins," who he said comprise 40 percent of classes in the country's schools.

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