Both Israeli and Palestinian textbooks demonize other side: study

Both Israeli and Palestinian textbooks demonize other side: study
# 05 February 2013 03:37 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Both Israeli and Palestinian textbooks demonize the other side, charges a new study released on Monday, Israel's Haa'retz daily reported, APA reports quoting Xnhua.

The study was jointly conducted by researchers in the United States, Israel and the Palestinian authority and funded by the U.S. State Department.

The study analyzed 74 Israeli and 94 Palestinian books from the first to the 12th grade in various topics.

"One of the main conclusions of this research is that each side sticks to its own narrative," a source familiar with the study said.

The study found that in Israeli textbooks as well as in Palestinian, they tended to describe others' negative actions against themselves rather than their own actions against others.

The textbooks also use of maps politically and depict the historical events in a selective manner to serve both sides' political purposes.

The researchers also concluded that both sides taught less information about the other's religion, culture, economy and everyday life.

At a press conference held in the United States early Monday, one of the research team leaders Prof. Bruce Wexler from Yale University called upon both sides to include more information on the other people in their textbooks, in order to "humanize" the other side, The Washington Post reported.

The Israeli Education Ministry dismissed the report and called it "unobjective."

"An evaluation by professionals from the ministry and outside it... clearly show that it is biased, unprofessional and profoundly unobjective," the ministry said in a statement sent to Xinhua.

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