US schools teach that Hamas and Hezbollah are "political parties"

A Department of Education textbook claims that Hamas and Hezbollah are legitimate political parties, leading to outrage from parents

by The Commentator on 24 April 2013 10:57


Taking a leaf out of the European Union textbook, one school district in Tennessee in the United States has come under fire after teaching its students that terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah are legitimate "political parties".

A number of parents in the district are reported to be outraged over a textbook distributed in high schools in the “human geography” class. The book suggests that that suggest HamasHezbollah and the PLO are political parties, making little mention of their terrorist activities.

One statement from the 10th edition of “The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography” textbook was most alarming to one of the parents, Hugh Nemets. It reads:

“If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?” 

Nemets told Nashville's News 2 channel, “It smells of anti-Semitism to me. It opened the door to legitimizing terror."

One review of the book on Amazon reads, "The author has a clear anti-Western and anti-Israeli bias. Any teacher or professor who willingly selected this as an "unbiased" source from which to teach should seriously think about what they are teaching their students."

The revelation comes as the United States keeps up pressure on the European Union to proscribe Hezbollah as a terrorist outfit, and as Hamas begins its own public relations endeavour to have it struck off the EU's terror list - despite being the organiser of dozens of terrorist incidents in recent years.

Nemets was just one of 10 Williamson County parents who voiced their concerns at a board meeting last week.

A Williamson County school district spokesperson told the station that the book was selected from a list given to them by the State Department of Education.

Parents concerned about the textbooks can submit a formal written complaint. The school district told Nashville’s News 2 it has not yet received any such notices.

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