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  5/22/2014, Iyar 22, 5774

MK Lipman Complains to US About Textbook


Member of Knesset Dov Lipman wrote to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan of the United States on Thursday to protest the following question and answer in the geography textbook "The Cultural Landscape," used in at least one high school in the tax-supported US public school system: "If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?"

Citing his party's support for the US backed "Two States for Two People" solution, Rabbi Lipman said that "...raising the question in this manner is a clouding of moral clarity which should be foreign to the American school system. There is never, ever, any justification for a terrorist detonating a bomb in a public space with the specific intention of killing innocent women and children, regardless of the nature of the conflict." He asked, "Would you, as Minister [sic] of Education, permit a textbook used in a United States public school to raise the possibility that the 9/11 attacks were a legitimate response to military actions of the United States military in Iraq or Afghanistan? The moral clarity of the United States which always filled me with pride as an American citizen would never allow such a question to be asked in our schools and that text book would be banned. One can only imagine the uproar in the United States if an Israeli text book suggested in any manner that the Boston Marathon bombing could somehow be justified because of United States foreign policy. I ask that this same moral clarity be applied when dealing with a textbook that so distorts the standing of America's closest ally in the Middle East, Israel."