High school students in Israel must pass an online test promoting racist ideology before being allowed to travel overseas for school trips, legal rights center Adalah has revealed.
Adalah said that the the course, which was created by Israeli education authorities, â€śrequires students to watch a series of videos after which they must take a multiple-choice exam, the correct answers of which promote racist ideologyâ€ť.
The test includes questions such as â€śhow do Palestinian organisations use digital social networks?â€ť with the correct answer being â€śencouraging violenceâ€ť, and asks students to identify the origins of modern anti-Semitism, the correct answer to which is â€śMuslim organisationsâ€ť and the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Students are told that â€śanti-Semitism in Europe increased with the immigration of Muslims to Europeâ€¦ from the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan.â€ť
â€śThe course presents a racist ideological perspective that creates an equivalence between Palestinian, Arab, or Muslim identities and violence and terrorism,â€ť Adalah has stated, adding that â€śPalestinian Arab high school students in the Israeli school system are being asked by this exam to assimilate its racist values.â€ť
Adalah attorney Nareman Shehadeh-Zoabi wrote to the Education Ministry demanding that the ministry â€śimmediately cancel the mandatory course and exam and allow students to freely participate in overseas school trips with the start of the 2019-2020 school yearâ€ť, after a school in Nazareth decided to cancel an exchange programme to Sweden instead of allowing its students sit the test which â€śpromotes racist propagandaâ€ť.Â The letter was written on behalf of Masar Association and the parents of children studying at the associationâ€™s Nazareth school.
Shehadeh-Zoabi noted, according to the PNN, that â€ś[Palestinian Arab teenagers] are being forced to internalise humiliating statements about themselves and their familiesâ€ť, which is â€śoutrageous and illegal, adding that â€śAdalah will take all necessary steps to abolish this course that is repugnantly offensive to Arab citizens and students.â€ť