A very unusual political and social event happened in a Muslim country in May 2016. Rasheed Ghannouchi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Ennahda Party in Tunisia, announced his decision to separate the political element of the party from religious activities. He stressed that he was aware of the advances the country had made in the fields of education, women’s rights and health and would strive to further them while distancing religion from political conflicts. This move, which runs contrary to the tenets of the Muslim Brotherhood, can be attributed to the powerful political and social developments taking place in Tunisia. Ennahda believed—however reluctantly—that it had to make these changes in order to survive.
The appalling massacre at Pulse, the gay club in Orlando, Florida yesterday, fills us all with a terrible sorrow and pain. Forty-nine people who went out to enjoy themselves have lost their lives and almost 53 others were taken to hospitals, following the worst mass shooting in US history.
The preparation and ensuing debate over the new 516-page civics textbook for Israeli students has raged more than five years. The raucous debate involved national press and radical websites, on both the left and the right. An intense discussion fulminated in the comparatively new Academia-IL, the nation-wide email forum of Israel’s leading scientists and scholars.
It is a great pleasure to write Impact’s first blog on the new site. The organization was initially set up with the limited objective of monitoring whether the 1993 Oslo Accord between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was being supported by a positive change in the education of Palestinian children, namely promoting mutual acceptance, mutual recognition, reconciliation and peace between the two peoples. Read more