IMPACT-SE's Articles & Papers
civics studies in Israel teach democracy or intolerance?"
The Jerusalem Post - October 30, 2013 (PDF
Version, 942 kb)
A new version of a civics textbook emphasizes Israel as
a nation state rather than a democratic one – says
Dr. Halleli Pinson from Haifa University in her recent
Haaretz interview. Pinson will soon publish a report on
the civics textbook To be Citizens in Israel in cooperation
with the Dirasat Arab Center for Law and Policy....
or peace education?"
The Jerusalem Post - June 23, 2012 (PDF
Version, 1.06 mb)
A new report published by the office of Palestinian Authority
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad claims that “Israeli
textbooks foster hate” and that “Israeli schools
teach [from] racist textbooks.” While studying the
issue of incitement with the aim of decreasing it on both
sides is a worthwhile undertaking, a closer look at such
discourse is also due...
Incitement and Incitement Reports"
The Commentator - June 11, 2012 (PDF
Version, 1.10 mb)
Although the Israeli Ministry of Education should continue
to re-evaluate and improve the books it approves, claiming
incitement where there is none, is really a form of incitement
francaise publiee par Metula News Agency
(PDF, 72 kb)
- Five of IMPACT-SE's researchers participated and gave
presentations at the International
Conference on "School Textbooks in the Greater Middle
East: National Identity and Images of Self and Other,"
which took place at the Truman Institute in Jerusalem
on June 28-29 2011. Below are the abstracts:
- Dr. Yohanan Manor, "Egypt’s
Overriding Muslim Identity and Its Consequences"
(pdf, 130 kb)
- Dr. Arnon Groiss, "Self-Identity
and the Attitude to the 'Other' in Tunisian Schoolbooks"
(pdf, 132 kb)
- Dr. Yael Teff–Seker, "Jewish
Identity and Attitudes Towards the Other in Israeli
Schoolbooks Grades 7-12" (pdf, 134 kb)
- Dr. Eldad Pardo, "Identity
and Images of Self and Other in the Islamic Republic
of Iran’s Elementary School Textbooks"
(pdf, 132 kb)
- Mr. Felix Konovich, "Turkish
National Identity and 'Otherness' in Turkish Schoolbooks
- An Analysis of Humanities and Social Studies Textbooks
published in 2005-2010" (pdf, 133 kb)
"Talk is Not Cheap" (pdf, 93 kb)
Jerusalem Post - May 3, 2010
IMPACT-SE and Board Member Nir Boms published an op-ed
in response to the recent release by Hamas of an animated
video clip showing Noam Schalit bemoaning the fate
of his captive son Gilad (published in Hebrew
by Ha'aretz, pdf 30 kb).
"On Tombs and Rage" (pdf, 114 kb)
In the midst of a wave of violent protests in Jerusalem
and the West Bank, IMPACT-SE and Board Member Nir Boms
wrote about the damaging effects of introducing politics,
through schoolbooks, into religion and history (published
28 kb--on March 10 by Ha'aretz).
for Tolerance: A Ray of Hope in a Troubled Region"
(pdf, 16 kb)
November 8, 2008 - La Libre Belgique, Belgium
IMPACT-SE Board Member and journalist Nir Boms, Dr. Khaled
Aljenfawi, a Kuwaiti professor of English literature from
the University of Kuwait, and IMPACT-SE wrote an op-ed
on the importance of education for peace and tolerance
for development and peace in the Middle East, while contrasting
the prevailing radical and tolerant streams in Middle
Eastern curricula. The collaboration on the op-ed and
the below editorial constitutes a groundbreaking endeavor
by Israelis and a Kuwaiti who, even in tumultuous times
in the Middle East, view education for peace and tolerance
toward the “other” as vital for the future
of the entire region.
(pdf, 16 kb) – French
(pdf, 202 kb)
‘Other’ in Arabic Education and Culture"
(pdf, 295 kb)
November 8, 2008 - Arab Times, Kuwait
Dr. Aljenfawi, who has written in the past on the concepts
of tolerance and the “other” in Arab culture,
education and society, wrote an editorial in his column
in the Arab Times on the concept of the “other”
in Arab education and culture. The editorial was edited
by IMPACT-SE and contains excerpts and phrases from a
number of IMPACT-SE reports.
- IMPACT-SE Report: "Scant Progress in Revising Palestinian
Textbooks" (pdf, 28 kb)
March 20, 2008
Seven years after the Palestinian Authority began publishing
textbooks for use in West Bank and Gaza schools, there
still is no recognition of the State of Israel and no
advocacy of peace with it. Instead, the textbooks promote
violent struggle, while hateful descriptions of Jews and
the West remain prevalent.
"Palestinian Textbooks: From Arafat to Abbas and
Hamas" (pdf, 693 kb)
This timeline gives the outside observer an excellent
opportunity to examine whether political changes within
the PA have had an impact on the PA curriculum so far
as the attitudes to the “other” and to peace
were concerned. Comparing the forty-two books issued for
grades 11 and 12 with their predecessors, one can determine
that some changes did occur, as analyzed below, although
the fundamentals remained intact.
indoctrination in the schools" (pdf 14 kb)
December 17, 2007 - Washington Times
IMPACT-SE Board Member and Nir Boms wrote about a new
U.S. intelligence assessment suggesting that Iran may
have halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that
its weapons program remains on hold. This revelation has
created much consternation in Congress on both sides of
the aisle. Indeed, despite the latest estimate, other
intelligence reports and Iran's own statements point to
Tehran possibly acquiring a bomb before the end of this
decade. Hence the discussion regarding the possible nuclear
intentions of the Iranian government remains a crucial
and Palestinians in Israeli School Textbooks. Changing
the Perception of the 'Other'" (pdf, 218 kb)
November 12, 2007 - Israel on Israel
The present analysis is based on the findings of two surveys
carried out by CMIP on 500 Israeli school textbooks that
were in use in the school years 1999-2000 and 2001-2002.
On one hand, the results confirm other researchers' observation
of a radical turning point that occurred in the middle
of the 80s, and, on the other, they surpass them in highlighting
an active preparation for coexistence with the Arabs and
Sponsored Child Abuse in Iran: Iran's violations of the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child"
(pdf, 155 kb)
November 7, 2007
Shayan Arya and Nir Boms show that Iran is committing
serious violations of the Convention on the Rights of
the Child while cynically remaining a signatory. It has
an intricate system of legislation that enables the government
to veto its own constitution that secures children’s
rights. It is endangering children by encouraging them
to seek death and is instilling in them hatred toward
different cultures and religions via its education curriculum.
- "Orwellian 'New-Speak',
June 26, 2007
This article was composed for The Henry Jackson Society,
by Nir Boms, Vice President of the Center for Freedom
in the Middle East. It deals with the alarming findings
of recent research on Iranian school textbooks.
Global War Curriculum" (pdf, 323 kb)
Spring 2007 - Geopolitical Affairs (Vol.1, No.1)
This article attempts to present an outline of the Iranian
worldview and agenda, based on CMIP's study of 95 school
textbooks of all grades published in 2004 and 20 teacher’s
guides published mostly since 2000.
(pdf, 323 kb) - French (pdf,
2.49 mb) - German
(pdf, 2.48 mb)