Why Iran's Hate-Filled Schools Should Be a Global Concern

(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) David Andrew Weinberg - Public school teachers in Iran indoctrinate young people to export global revolution using terrorism. A new study of hate and extremism in current Iranian textbooks finds that they encourage terrorism and political subversion against Arab states. They also demonize America, Israel and the Jewish people. The textbooks indoctrinate children with messages that put them on a permanent footing for war. They teach children how to assemble assault rifles, to carry out military maneuvers, and to learn about cyber warfare. The books idealize young people who sacrifice their lives to export the Iranian revolution, glorifying child soldiers who died during the Iran-Iraq War or displaying children wielding rocket launchers. Iran's textbooks scapegoat Jewish people for a range of societal ills. All Jewish people who aspire to any form of self-determination are labeled "enemies of Islam." The writer is Washington Director for International Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League.

2021-03-08 00:00:00

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