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The racist, anti-Palestinian materials came to light after Aliyah Shafiq, the sister of a P7 pupil at New Stevenston primary, asked on her Facebook alongside a copy of her sister's homework: "How is my little sister being made to answer questions like this for her homework? This is completely unacceptable and has to be complained about to North Lanarkshire Council."

Anti-Palestinian racism has gone unchecked for too long. SPSC reported some considerable time ago how an Edinburgh University academic, Esti Sheinberg, had written unchallenged in the Edinburgh Star, ‘Journal of the Edinburgh Jewish Community’, that "The Jewish passion for Jerusalem is to rebuild and live in it. The Palestinian passion is for blood." It cannot be allowed to continue.

demonisingpalestiniansinscotlandThe letter below is posted on ww.coordin8.org.uk to make it quick and easy to email each of your local councillors with a single letter concerning the material demonising Palestinians that has been used in at least one Scottish schoolroom and possibly many more. One page of the racist materials is below.

The letter reads:

I and many of my family, friends and acquaintances are disgusted by the racist materials demonising all Palestinians that are being used in at least one North Lanarkshire primary schoolroom and possibly more across Scotland.

I am writing to demand that these and similar materials be withdrawn forthwith and a full and transparent enquiry be launched into how this situation came about, the extent to which similar materials are being used elsewhere, and what safeguards can be put in place to ensure nothing like it is repeated.

I ask you to endorse the spirit and content of the following press release from the Association of Palestinian Community in Scotland and let them know your stance on this issue.  Dr Essam Hijjawi, Chair, can be contacted by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Association of Palestinian Community in Scotland today condemned inflammatory teaching materials given to young children in a North Lanarkshire school which seeks to demonise Palestinians.

Children as young as 11 at New Stevenson Primary School, were given homework which described Palestine as Israel, and labelled all Palestinians seeking to end the occupation as "separatist terrorists".

Pupils were asked if "Palestinians feel they have the RIGHT to use terrorism against the Israeli."

Dr Essam Hijjawi, chair of the Association of Palestinian Community in Scotland said:
"'The Separatists' case study given to children as homework demonstrates a fundamentally flawed reading of history and geography, flying in the face of countless UN resolutions and shows an ignorance which beggars belief.

"No one other than the State of Israel regards the Occupied Palestinian Territories as forming part of Israel, and no one regards the struggle of the Palestinian people as a separatist struggle. The United Nations consistently supports the right of the Palestinian people to self determination and governments across the world including the UK and Scottish governments call for the end to the occupation.

"In July and August of last year, more than 500 Palestinian children were killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces and schools were razed to the ground by bombing raids and missile attacks.

"Unlike the children of Israeli settlers, Palestinian children are subject to military law. This means they can be detained without the knowledge of their parents, detained and held in adult prisons without charge and appear before military courts.

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"Children in North Lanarkshire should not be taught to demonise Palestinians, they should be learning how children of the same age are beaten and shot by Israeli soldiers.

"We call for the immediate withdrawal of all such materials from Scottish schools, a public apology to the Palestinian community in Scotland, and a meeting with education department officials in North Lanarkshire, with the leader of the Council and with Scotland's Minister for Education.

"We also ask that all materials used in schools relating to the teaching of the history of Palestine is discussed between Education Scotland and the Palestinian community.

"At a time when Muslims are being demonised for the actions of a tiny minority, our children need to gain a proper understanding of the occupation of Palestine and learn compassion rather than fear and hatred."

I look forward to your response.



See also: Council withdraws coursework describing Palestinians as "terrorists" after outcry

Outside Scotland, you can send the email to:
Angela Constance Scottish Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jim McCabe leader of North Lanarkshire Council  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


+1 #7 Phil Gibbons 2015-03-26 12:10
Utterly incredible that this should happen. There are far too many people with positions of influence who need deZionizing as was necessary in Germany for those who had Nazi ideas that had to be deNazified.
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+8 #6 kathmorrell 2015-03-08 08:56
As a teacher of peace studies I am very concerned at the way racist propaganda against the Palestinians is being taught in some Scottish schools.
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+1 #5 Joe 2015-03-07 11:53
My daughter is in the same class and I can assure the Palestinian community that several people have complained. I have no idea why the Labour Council decided to include this material but I can assure them this is not the thoughts of the Scottish people. Scottish folk in general are a friendly bunch and just want all you guys in the Middle East to get alone. Granted its a very complex political situation in the Middle East and I wouldn't even try to understand it but Peace is made in small steps.

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+7 #4 Roger Westmoreland 2015-03-05 06:28
This reinforces the unavoidable conclusion that the Israel/Zionist lobby is influential at every level of government. - Conservative friends of Israel, Labour friends of Israel, Liberal etc. etc.
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+6 #3 Abed 2015-03-04 17:30
I am disgusted by this stupidity, Palestinians are the victims of all and every thing is happening in Palestine, and the only terrorist are this who call them self Israelis , who occupied and stole the home land of the Palestinians ( Palestine ).
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+9 #2 Audrey Scotia Walker 2015-03-04 16:13
As a qualified teacher this blatantly biased material portraying Palestinians as terrorists and the occupying force, Israel, as the victims is really shocking to see. This should not be part of the Scottish curriculum. I cannot say how dumbfounded I am that a education system we can hold up to the world for its excellence, and one I have always been proud of, has this bigoted material. What is this teaching our future generation? I'm truly disgusted and this and any other resources like it should be removed immediately. Please teachers and parents be aware of this and monitor the content of children's work
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+9 #1 Sharon Grierson 2015-03-04 14:57
i hope this offensive,incorrect material is removed from all schools immediately and the head of education is responsible along with the government in ensuring all material is up to date and free of prejudice. Shameful week in Scottish education. New Stevenson Primary and Glasgow University.
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