Arab Teachers’ in Israel Face Dilemma: Civics by the Book or Talk About the Nakba

Shira Kadari-Ovadia
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Neven Abu Rahmoun, a civics teacher in Bu’eine Nujeidat in the Lower Galilee, has a typical challenge: preparing her students for the school-leaving exams while encouraging them to be critical. But for Arab Israeli teachers, the task is a lot tougher.

Civics lessons ostensibly provide a rare opportunity for students to explore current events and political issues. Abu Rahmoun uses this stage to discuss explosive issues like the Nakba, when more than 700,000 Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1947-49 war.

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