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Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education (Library of Modern Middle East Studies) Hardcover – June 19, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1845118136 ISBN-10: 1845118138

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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies (Book 82)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845118138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845118136
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'Nurit Peled-Elhanan's study of propaganda in Israeli school books is thorough and accessible. With academic analysis supported by examples and illustrations, this book gives a whole new meaning to complaints about "teaching children to hate" in the Middle East.' Ben White, journalist and author of Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide 'Nurit Peled-Elhanan's pioneering work on the way Israeli school books teach students about Palestinians should stand with Frances Fitzgerald's America ReviSited as the standard reference on the mis-teaching of history and geography. This scholarly work is a riposte to those who complain that the school books of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation poisons Palestinians against Israelis. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the Middle East conflict today.' Charles Glass, broadcaster, journalist and writer specialising in the Middle East 'This book presents a means, a methodology, which reveals clearly and in a rigorous way the ideological bases underlying forms of texts - in this case school books. It is one which has wide applicability and therefore wide appeal, in any situation where school books are studied, but even well beyond that. This book is academically well grounded, sound, with real application, politically highly significant and with a wide potential readership in the areas of Sociology, Education and studies of language.' Gunther Kress, Professor in the Centre for Multimodal Research, Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, the Institute of Education, University of London

About the Author

Nurit Peled-Elhanan is lecturer in Language Education at Tel Aviv University and is also a poet and Peace Activist.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vladek on February 13, 2013
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For years Israel has claimed that Palestinians teach demonization of Jews in their schools. That allegation has not been proven. This book, by a noted Israeli Jewish scholar, provides evidence that Israeli textbooks advance the Israeli propaganda story rather than a truthful accounting of history. The protrayal of Palestinians in Israeli history textbooks creates a culture of distrust and dislike of Palestinians.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth D. Walker on September 19, 2013
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Keep in mind that she's the daughter of a famous Israeli general and granddaughter of one of the signers of the original documents of Israel. Oh yeah, her teenage daughter was killed by a suicide bomber, but it didn't turn her into a mean person. She talks about her research here: [...]

Her brother, Miko Peled, wrote a book too. Here is a video of his book-signing event in Seattle: [...] An earlier shorter video and excerpt (Chapter 7) of his book are here: [...]

Read the books and educate America. We are on the wrong side of history. Might does not make right.
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