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Israel Is Located in Europe, According to Israeli
Religious School Teachers!
By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 27, 2010
Where is Israel?
Here is something you're not likely going to
see on evening newscasts or your home town newspapers: A July 28, 2010
survey of Israeli religious school teachers, designed to gauge their level
of education, was conducted by Yediot Ahronot, Israel's largest newspaper.
The conclusions were shocking.
Are you ready for the results?
Hold on to your seat!
One young teacher described the Jewish
religious school, called a Hesder, where he works one hour per week and
earns $ 300 monthly as follows:
" we do not teach math, science,
English, history or literature. After morning prayer, we teach the Torah
Israel spends 7 million dollars annually on these schools
and the government often receives fake and
progress reports in return.
The newspaper quiz consisted of
the following questions:
1- What continent is Israel in?
Who was Napoleon Bonaparte? Was he a Russian Emperor?
A French military leader? Or The Chief-of-Staff?
3- What is the
square root of 81?
4- Finish the National Anthem.
5- What is
the meaning of the English word "Saturday"?
Is it the
religious Shabat? Is it the name for a month of the
Or is it a name for meal?
Many participants could not finish
the national anthem.
Some commented, "I do not and know and don't wish
Others asked if the national anthem is a verse in the Talmud.
About the question on Napoleon, some said he was a Russian Emperor,
while other respondents claimed he was the Chief of Staff.
response to the question about Saturday, 65% did not know the correct
Finally, here is my favorite one. In response to the
question, "where is Israel located,"
many respondents answered "in Europe."
What a shocker! That
really blew me away! One wonders if these teachers know who their parents
After having read about the survey, I posed the same 5
questions to my 17 year-old son, Adam. Adam zoomed through them all, but
did not get the one about their national anthem. For that, I could care
less as long as he knows OUR national anthem.
You may have heard
the term "Madrasah" referring to Islamic schools in Pakistan. This is
actually the Arabic word for secular or religious school, and they have
been bombed few years ago by the U.S. and then by the Pakistani army many
times over. Many men, women and children lost their lives during those
raids. Madrasah are depicted by our government and the media alike as
"terrorist training camps." Looks like Hesder schools are getting a pass,
not to mention immunity from media critics.
Remember the name Yigal
Amir? He was a former Hesder student. Amir was a religious Zionist who
assassinated Israeli Prime Minister YizhaK Rabin on November 4, 1995 at
the end of a peace rally in Tell Aviv. Amir was an adamant critic of the
Rabin peace treaty and the signing of the Oslo Accords.
settlers are also responsible for terrorizing Palestinian farmers daily in
the West Bank; they are the ones who uproot olive trees, destroy crops,
poison wells and routinely assault international peace activists.
They are among the soldiers who man the 520 check points, block roads in
the occupied Palestinian Territory and several crossing points around Gaza
Strip and who enjoy humiliating Palestinians on a daily basis.
it or not, these schools in Israel are funded by US tax dollars, as part
of 3 billion dollar annual US aid package to Israel . One of their major
sponsors in the U.S are the right-wing fanatical Christians-Zionists. Why
does the idiomatic expression," birds of a feather flock together"
spring to mind? This is the very same group that was recently described in
an article by British journalist Lauren Booth as "the people who could not
find their cities on the map of their state." Miss Booth happens to be the
sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
more time, next time some one asks you the question, "Where is Israel?"
the more accurate answer would be: It is located in the heart of the
Arab world. It was built illegally in 1948 on stolen Palestinian land and
on the ruins of hundreds of towns and villages that have been erased from
the face of the earth so the native inhabitants will never have a chance
to return back home and to what is rightfully theirs.
Retired USAF Veteran