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Sunday, March 23, 2008

IPCRI's Peace Education Materials.

Gershon Baskin

Dear friends

In order to remove any doubts, it should be completely clear that following extensive research on the issue of text books in Palestinian and Israeli schools, IPCRI finds that the main problem that exists is the almost total lack of any reference in each side's text books to the other side. Israelis and Palestinians learn almost nothing about each other. This intentional lack of reference is an indication of the fact that both sides have yet to come to terms with the political and national existence of the other.

Education is a reflection or a translation of the society's values into real terms - this is what we decide to pass on to our most valued assets - our children. In this respect, in evaluating text books, it is impossible to determine that either side has made a clear and real determination to seek and to reach peace.

There is much work to be done on this subject on both sides.

IPCRI's work on text books can be found at:

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