Friday, October 10, 2008

US Textbooks Now As Inaccurate As The Arab Texts

Dr. Gary Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research teamed up with Dennis Ybarra for a new study, entitled, "The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion."
The five-year effort, which looked at 28 prominent history, geography and social studies textbooks, reveals American public school students are being loaded up with indoctrination about Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the Middle East, to the cost of Christianity and Judaism and the benefit of Islam.
Among the issues from the report:

The authors found textbooks that stated or suggested:

  • Jesus was a "Palestinian," not a Jew.
  • The Arab nations never attacked Israel. Arab-Israeli wars “just broke out,” or Israel started them
  • Arabs nations want peace, but Israel does not
  • Israel expelled all Palestinian refugees
  • Israel put the Palestinians in refugee camps in Arab lands, not Arab governments
  • Palestinian terrorism is nonexistent or minimal
  • Israel is not a victim of terrorism, or terrorism against Israel is justified
  • U.S. support of Israel causes terrorism, including 9/11
  • The intifadas were children’s revolts not involving adults or terrorism
These are books from respected publishers such as Scott Foresman and Houghton Mifflin with the help of the State Department.

Read the whole thing.

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