Articles Comments

The Only Democracy? » Human Rights Activists in the Crosshairs » Declaration of Human Rights Too “Problematic” for Israeli Schoolchildren

Declaration of Human Rights Too “Problematic” for Israeli Schoolchildren

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.

Written by

Carol Sanders was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is a retired legal services attorney and author of legal texts. She lived in Israel from 1963 to 1966, where she worked on a kibbutz, did graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as an assistant to the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Carol is a long-time activist with Jewish Voice for Peace, and is the JVP representative to the Middle East Advisory Committee and a member of Bay Area Women in Black.

Filed under: Human Rights Activists in the Crosshairs · Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.