Looks like Gideon Saar's plan for remodeling the Israeli education curriculum has really got the Arabs in a snit. Saturday night and Sunday I blogged on how Hamas didn't want the Holocaust being taught in their schools, and how Arabs in Israel don't want Jewish tradition and culture taught in school. Now it looks like Arabs in Israel are getting bent out of shape at the thought of the "Nakba" (the Catastrophe), the phrase Arabs use to refer to Israel declaring her independence, being dropped from their curriculum.
"In the past five months since its formation, the government, along with the Education Ministry, has announced a number of dangerous decisions," the head of the Follow-up Committee on Arab Education in Israel said at a press conference. "Such as a prohibition to commemorate the Nakba of the Arab people in schools, the changing of road signs, forcing the singing of the 'Tikva' national anthem at schools and setting the promotion of military service or national service as a criterion for rewarding schools and staff."
"We reject these decisions outright," Atef Moaddi said. "And we stress that if an attempt is made to carry them out in Arab schools - the response will be refusal and civil disobedience."
Committee members vowed to continue to fight "for the rights of half a million Arab students to an education that respects their national and cultural uniqueness." They promised to continue to commemorate "central historical events such as Nakba Day, the Kafr Kassem massacre, Land Day and the October 2000 events."
So, the Arabs of Israel, who have the highest degree of civil rights and political freedom of any Arab population in the Middle East (name an Arab country where anyone has the freedom to protest proposed changes in the schools) consider it their right and heritage to refer to the country that provides them with all these benefits as a catastrophe. It's such a tragedy to you? Here's an idea: GET OUT.
If you have a problem with equitable distribution of resources, funding, municipal services, etc, by all means, petition the government, protest, make your concerns heard. But if you are going to expect the government of the Jewish homeland to fund the education of its Arab population with anti-Israeli propaganda you are...what's the word...STUPID. So please, if the existence of Israel is such a catastrophe, get out so the government can stop wasting its money on teaching your kids to hate Jews and Israel.
But take heart; the stupidity of the Arab expectation that this practice should continue is equally matched by the stupidity of Israeli leftists who spend money to promote the belief that the existence of their country is a catastrophe.
See? There is common ground. Let's negotiate!