Palestine in israeli school books ideology and propaganda in education
Palestine in israeli school books: ideology and propaganda in educati…She has also criticized George W. Nurit Peled-Elhanan was raised in a leftist family in Jerusalem 's Rehavia neighborhood. She described her home growing up as a leftist-Zionist home. Elhanan's daughter, Smadar, was killed at the age of thirteen in the Ben Yehuda Street Palestinian suicide attack in Jerusalem. She states that their only representation is as "refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists," claiming that in "hundreds and hundreds" of books, not one photograph depicted an Arab as a "normal person.
Peled-Elhanan: Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education
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Nurit Peled-Elhanan. This conflict is by its nature intensely complex and is played out under the full glare of international security. How is Palestine, and the Palestinians against whom these young Israelis will potentially be required to use force, portrayed in the school system? Nurit Peled-Elhanan argues that the school books used in the educational system are embued with an anti-Palestinian ideology, and that they play a part in priming Israeli children for military service. Since Israeli young men and women are drafted into the army immediately after graduating from high school, and are sent to carry out Israeli policy in the Palestinian occupied territories, a critical reading of their school books may have crucial importance for them and their teachers who usually do not look for subtexts, because they do not think subtexts exist. Peled-Elhanan therefore explores the presentation of images, maps, layouts, bullet points, narrative and use of language in History, Geography and Civic Studies school books, and reveals how the books are seen to marginalize Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity. Examining the various ways in which school books project certain messages, Peled-Elhanan offers an analysis of the perpetuation of the dominant conceptual framework of not only historians and writers of these books, but also that of politicians, generals and other manipulators of discourses.