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School textbooks scandal is not that simple

A mild scandal is raging over the Education Ministry’s approval of a textbook which describes the Russian aliyah in derogatory terms. Now, those terms are not entirely incorrectóby far, most Russian immigrants are far removed from Zionism and Jewish ideals (much like Israeli-born Jews) and made aliyah for economic reasons only. The textbook also raises the important point that many of them are Christian.

But more importantly, the textbook accuses the Russian crowd of hating Arabs. That is largely true. But unlike those media critics, we do not see such a statement as defamation. Rather, it testifies to normality of Russians, who simply hate those who hate them.

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Past coverage: demography
23.02 No Arab problem in Israel?
27.06 Odd statistics about Arabs
02.04 It's a wonder they are surprised
29.12 CBS data: Jews are losing out
21.10 Some devastating statistics from Israel
07.10 PM: Israel needs empty words
16.03 Brainwashing bears fruit
19.02 African illegals: one thousand a month
18.02 Done: Arabs are majority in Galilee