In Israel They Have Reason to Be Worried

The far right has been given the authority to indoctrinate Israel’s children.  That should worry everyone.

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar has made a mockery of Breaking the Silence. For a year the organization has been pestering him to allow its members to lead junior high school pupils on a tour of Hebron, just like the right-wing non-profit organizations do – and finally he agreed. But before the first student had boarded the first bus the police arrived and cancelled the tour. How surprising.

Sa’ar is a consistent politician with a consolidated worldview, and he was well aware of what he was doing. On the one hand, he really and truly believes that the trips to Jerusalem’s City of David, the Cave of the Patriarchs and the museum at Beit Hadassah in Hebron are important milestones in forging the national and Jewish identity of Israeli students. On the other hand, he is aware of and sensitive to the criticism expressed by many parents in his social milieu. They are not at all pleased with the route of the tour. Nor are they pleased about the fact that a private, extreme rightwing non-profit organization, funded by a Jewish millionaire, is in charge of the ideological education of their children – especially in the sensitive and controversial area of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Parents in Israel should be displeased.  What’s happening there, this incredible ‘Talibanization’ of Israel, should cause the entire world to be very, very troubled.  It’s the equivalent of giving the Christian Zionists of America exclusive rights to determine educational standards and programs.  And yes, that’s a disturbing and frightening thought, isn’t it.

Israel is in serious trouble.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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