In a related post, below, we learned about the militarization of education for Israeli children, including homework sheets filled with sketches of tanks and other weaponry as a method of learning to count and be indoctrinated at the same time. Now we learn that the same Israeli Department of Education which promoted the militarization of schools has taken quick action to keep certain rights enumerated in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights from troubling the minds of settler children.
The Ariel municipality had bought as gifts for kindergarten children in the settlements hundreds of copies of the book, “We are all Born Free–the Human Rights Declaration in Pictures.” The book was published in a prestigious edition together with the Amnesty organization. Among the dozens of pages are 30 illustrations by leading world artists, who were asked to simplify the sections of the declaration to make it suitable for children. But before the books could be distributed the Education Ministry intervened and recalled them on the basis that the book had “problematic content” The two articles of the Declaration of Human Rights that worried the Israeli Department of Education are these:
Article 14: Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief.