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    • LS
    • 04.12.12 | 18:42 (IST)

    As a diaspora Jew who was born just after the founding of the state, I was also raised on a narrative which was distinctly black and white as were most others of my generation. At the same time it was also drummed into us:- if you are critical of Israel you do not say so in front of non-Jews as this will only supply further ammunition to our opponents. This was all many decades ago when Israel was involved in wars of survival and support for Israel from most of the world was still strong. We have a very different Israel today - one that is moving inexorably towards the right - and now even Jews are being openly critical in both Jewish and non-Jewish forums as their distress mounts. Given that there is so much open conflict between Jews themselves over what sort of Israel we want maybe this will have one positive spin-off for Jewish youngsters. Maybe, even if not in school, at least some parents will seek to be more honest with their offspring and explain that in real life conflict is rarely based in absolutes but there is usually fault and merit on both sides. Ignatius Loyola said give me a child under the age of seven and I have him (or her) for life. I am not so sure. Israel can try and insure that a particular bias is taught in schools but there is too much easily accessible information for the state to have the monopoly on what a child learns and thinks.

    from the article: Blowback to tidying up Israel's history
    First published 17:53 04.12.12 | Last updated 17:53 04.12.12
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