Channel 10 airs false accusations against Education Minister

Channel 10 digs up book approved by leftist former Education Minister, blames current Education Minister for 'brainwashing.'

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Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) accused Channel 10 of slandering and falsely accusing him of "brainwashing" Israeli students.

"This is how Channel 10 makes fake news," Bennett wrote on his Facebook page, asking his followers to watch a clip from Channel 10's Friday evening news.

The clip shows a textbook which presents religious families as having values, while secular families are empty and egoistic.

According to Channel 10's Or Heller, this is "a racist and disgusting book" and Bennett is "not an Education Minister, but a minister of new education."

"Ayala Hasson reads the two pages very slowly, and it really does sound like an awful book," Bennett said.

"They just forgot to mention that this was a book which was approved and published in 2008, when Labor's Yael "Yuli" Tamir served as Education Minister.

"They also didn't bother mentioning the fact that these are two pictures out of many, and that the book also includes many pictures of moral, value-filled secular families, in which the family members treat each other with respect."

Bennett offered his followers a link to the book, which is intended for use in second-grade civics classes in both religious and secular government-funded schools.

"It actually looks pretty benign," Bennett said.

The first to bring up the book was Haaretz columnist Or Kashti, in an effort to prove how religious "brainwashing" affects the general public.

However, more conservative educators may take issue with the book as well. Though it does not explicitly show same-sex couples, there is an entire section on "single parent families." The majority of Israeli society sees discussion on single parent families to be detrimental, since it eliminates one of the parents.

Most of the single-parent families in Israeli society are headed by a divorced or separated woman.

The version of the textbook slandered by Channel 10 seems to have been adapted for the religious community.

You can watch the Hebrew video here: