UK Schools 'Indoctrinating Palestinian Terrorism'

British National Union of Teachers gives 'distorted' political message in new project teaching 'Palestinian resistance.'

Ari Yashar,

Muslims in London (illustration)
Muslims in London (illustration)

The UK's National Union of Teachers (NUT) has been accused of indoctrinating British youth with Palestinian terrorism, in its new teaching resources pack that discusses Palestinian "occupation, freedom and resistance" from what has been revealed to be a "warped" perspective.

NUT designed the pack - entitled "My Name is Saleh" and launched in April at the union's annual conference - in partnership with Edukid, a children's education charity, reports the British Telegraph on Monday.

The one-sided focus of the educational materials is apparent from the images of the pack, which show a Palestinian Arab child who allegedly was "assaulted by settlers." The video launched with the pack particularly refers to "Jews" rather than "Israelis."

Responding to the project, Tom Wilson of the Henry Jackson Society think-tank said it was "overtly agenda driven," warning, "we need to be more vigilant about the politicization of British classrooms."

Wilson noted that the video's references to Jews risks "inciting tensions between faith communities in the UK," and he added, "it is a particularly shameless example of political activism masquerading as a legitimate form of education."

"When dealing with a subject as complex as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is so important to avoid giving young people a distorted or one sided account."

That concern was echoed by Sam Westrop, director of the counter-extremism think-tank Stand for Peace, who said that by teaching "resistance" against Israel, the “NUT’s political propaganda and misrepresentation serves the extremist agenda."

The UK Charities Commission indicated it will contact Edukid to see if the pack breaches regulations, with a Department for Education spokesperson noting, "the law is crystal clear, all political discussions in school should be unbiased and balanced.”

There has been a growing trend of Muslim radicalism being allowed in UK schools, with many warning that the authorities are turning a blind eye on a large potential threat.