The Times produces anti-Israel propaganda for schools
This is a slide from a Powerpoint presentation produced by The Times Educational Supplement for use in Britain’s schools. It parades under the guise of encouraging students to ‘compare their own lives with those of children in Palestine’.
They might as well say that their objective is to manipulate students into accepting that Israel is an illegal entity, that the land should be named ‘Palestine’, and that the students’ comfortable life in Britain is a relative heaven compared to the hell caused by Israeli occupation and military acts of terrorism. This slide gives more than the impression of oppression; it conveys the distinct sense of an Israeli police state, covertly monitoring 'every breath' that Palestinans take. There are no balancing arguments at all, and absolutely no mention of the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism executed by Palestinians against Israelis. And as Melanie Phillips observes, neither is there any mention of the reality that ‘what actually enslaves Palestinian children is an ideology which indoctrinates and brainwashes them into fanatical hatred and then pays their parents to turn them into human bombs’.
This has nothing to do with education, and is reminiscent of anti-Semitic propaganda of Nazi Germany. Its sole purpose is to inculcate into the nation’s most vulnerable hearts and minds that Israel is illegitimate and that Israeli Jews are evil.
That this presentation is being offered free of charge to teachers is a cause of great concern; that it is being offered by The Times is appalling; and that it is being taught in Britain's schools is outrageous, not to mention a flagrant violation of the law. Such lessons are actually illegal under Section 407 of the 1996 Education Act which forbids school children being fed political propaganda of any sort, and requires that secondary school students be given balanced views of controversial subjects.
Dare Cranmer hope that one, just one, of the nation’s teachers might rise to challenge this appalling piece of blatant anti-Israel propaganda?