Hebew language press reports claim that the Israeli Ministry of Education’s plan for the new academic year focuses on “the promotion of Zionist and Jewish values and concepts” amongst all students in Israel alongside an absence of “citizenship and democracy” themes.
According to Haaretz, the plan which was delivered to all schools and educational institutions within the territories occupied in 1948 included dozens of programmes that will serve the 11 pre-selected targets set by the Ministry of Education. The most important of these is to “deepen the education of values” through teaching “the culture and heritage of Israel” and to encourage enrolment in the Israeli occupation army.
The newspaper added: “The dozens of programmes detailed in the plan do not mention a word related to issues such as citizenship, democracy or “the shared life and coexistence between Jews and Arabs”.
A number of Israeli academics and scholars have condemned the Ministry of Education for the deliberate absence of threads that relate to citizenship and democracy in its new plan, warning of the consequences of Tel Aviv’s drift towards “ultra-nationalism”.