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    • Ernst
    • 10.03.06 | 13:36 (IST)

    Segev is correct: the necessity of defending human rights organisations against aatacks from the political establishment is an embarresment in itself. Israel has gotten very twisted in the years of occupation and religious and nationalist fanatism. Thank god there is B'tselem: they save the Israeli soul big time. Maybe it is about time that all the hours that are spend in school on Torah&Haftarah will be used to something more useful: history (especially history teaching in a non-Jewish context is lacking enormously in Israeli schools), citizenship (the democratic fundamentals of the state vs religion, the seperation of state power in judicial, executive and controlling powers, how to treat minorities within a nation, judicial principals within a democracy), geographics and regional history (Israelis -like Europeans-learn almost nothing about their neighbouring countries in the Middle East and about the history of Islam)

    from the article: Patriotism sans borders
    First published 00:00 10.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 10.03.06
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