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Now the Guardian wants teachers to lie to students about Israel

A new post on The Guardian 'Teacher Network' promotes outright lies about the latest conflict in Israel and Gaza

by The Commentator on 19 November 2012 10:50

The Guardian Teacher Network recently reported the following, as a 'resource' for teachers who wish to convey the facts about the latest conflict in Israel and Gaza:

Israel's assassination of Hamas' top military commander this week has triggered fears of a whole new surge of violence in Gaza and the Middle East. The Israeli air strike on the Ahmed al-Jabari's car – which also killed a six-year-old girl and an 11-month old baby – was just the first step in a new Israeli military operation to eliminate militants and weapon sites in the Gaza Strip.

So, this is what UK teachers are telling their students? It's a blatant lie by the way. A six year old girl and an 11 month old baby were not killed in the attack on Jabari. In reality, it was a an amazingly co-ordinated attack with little collateral damage at all.

The specific strike on Nov. 14 only killed Jabari and his bodyguard, even according to reports by Hamas.  Emily Drabble, the author of the article, is conflating the strike against with another attack that day which, per the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza, resulted in the deaths of a six year old and a baby.

Note that the strap line for the teacher’s blog post reads as follows:

With fears of fresh conflict in Gaza after the assassination of Ahmed a-Jabari, we uncover the best news, teaching resources and websites to help you explain the issues to your students

Not only does the Guardian continually feed their adult readers false information about Israel and the Palestinians, they also inculcate children with such ideologically driven, and often ahistorical, “news” on the Middle East.

Complaints have been made to the Guardian and to the columnist about the error, but they have yet to correct the lie.

The Teacher Network page also has a set of resources for UK teachers to teach about the Middle East. From the descriptions, they seem to be as biased against Israel as the Guardian itself is, by constructing a framework of history that begins around 1920, disregarding the millennia-old attachment that Jews have to the Land of Israel. 

When your narrative starts at a time when Jews appear to be new colonialists rather than people returning to their national home, everything else cannot possibly be taught accurately. The next generation of British schoolchildren will grow up with an incorrect understanding of the conflict.

Please consider emailing the Guardian’s readers’ editor, Chris Elliott, at  reader@guardian.co.uk to seek a correction.

Hat-tip Elder of Ziyon

Read more on: The Guardian Teacher Network, gaza, pillar of defense, Israel , Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, and The Guardian
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