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On the Judaisation of education in Jerusalem

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The Israeli government seeks to implement several plans all at once in order to accelerate the Judaisation of Jerusalem, as it continues to surround the city with the Separation Wall and intensive settlement activity. Meanwhile, Israeli institutions, with the support of the Netanyahu government, are trying to achieve absolute control over the Arab education sector in Jerusalem, after controlling about 66 per cent of it by imposing curriculums on Arab primary schools in the city since 1968. Accordingly, the word Palestine has been replaced with Israel and Jerusalem replaced with Urshalim. The Israel education ministry has falsified history and geography in the curriculums taught to the Arabs in Jerusalem. Educational seminars imposed by Israel in Jerusalem refer to Islam as a spiritual education and that the history of Islam is a history of strife and disasters, which in itself is considered a falsification of historical facts.

Israel’s newest plans to Judaise education in Jerusalem was revealed by Israeli media outlets on 19 January. The media reported that beginning from next year, the former mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, will be closing the UNRWA schools in Jerusalem and replacing them schools run by the Zionist Jerusalem municipality. The UNRWA runs the Shu’fat refugee camp, in northern Jerusalem, and it is the only refugee camp in the area inhabited by over 20,000 Palestinians. The agency has five schools in Shu’fat, Sur Baher, Silwan, and Wadi Al-Joz and a medical centre in the........

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