Times of Israel By: Daniella Cheslow
Three authors removed their names from chapters they wrote, claiming professionals altered work to include nationalist slant.
AP — Israel’s main high school civics textbook has become a new battleground in a culture war embroiling the country — pitting politicians against educators in a debate over how much religion and Jewish history should be included in the country’s national curriculum.
Three of the book’s authors have removed their names from chapters they wrote, claiming Education Ministry professionals altered their work beyond recognition to include a nationalist slant. The book’s editor has submitted a six-page protest letter, and the sole Arab member of the committee overseeing civics education has quit in protest. The book is scheduled to be published in March.
“It’s a book for all the students of Israel — for secular and religious, for Arabs and Druze,” said copy editor Yehuda Yaari. “And this book does not represent an approach that matches all the students.”