Thursday, 5 March 2015
Lessons in North Lanarkshirre
"A North Lanarkshire school has apologised following complaints about a homework worksheet which labelled Palestinians as "terrorists".
"The handout, given to P7 pupils at New Stevenston Primary School, states "Palestinians feel they have the RIGHT to use terrorism against the Israelis."
"North Lanarkshire Council, which produced the worksheet, said it would ensure that it would no longer be used."
"But a Palestinian group said the council had sought to "demonise" them."
"Dr Essam Hijjawi, chair of the Association of Palestinian Communities in Scotland, said: "The 'Separatists' case study given to children as homework demonstrates a fundamentally flawed reading of history and geography. It flies in the face of countless UN resolutions and shows an ignorance which beggars belief...."
"The topic is explored by pupils as part of the social studies programme 'People, past events and societies', and this includes conflict situations around the world."