Beyond the “facts”

Just a harmless exercise in unbiased education?

The New York City Council’s education committee approved a study program on Israel initiated by the public relations department of the Israeli Consulate in New York.

The study program will be integrated into the training program for educators teaching in 1,400 public high schools in New York City. The teachers will be able to register to a 30-hour course dealing with the history of the State of Israel, its economy, the high-tech industry, Israeli art and Ethiopian Jews.

The incentive offered to teachers who will take the course: Credit points for an academic degree.

In all likelihood, this is a not-too-subtle attempt at instilling Zionist values and its narrative, not info about Israel or Judaism.

The lobby strikes again.

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