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Worksheet Describing Palestinian 'Terrorism' Given To Pupils


04/03/15


North Lanarkshire Council came under fire over a worksheet that talks about suicide bombings carried out by “separatists” and asks kids to describe “Palestinian terrorist activities”.

It also refers to the Munich hostage crisis where nine Israelies athletes died during the 1972 Olympic Games.

The assignment went viral after it was handed to P7 pupils at New Stevenston Primary, which is run by North Lanarkshire Council.


Teachers at the Motherwell school have already held a summit with parents over the worksheet.


Issam Hijawi, chair of the Association of Palestinians Communities in Scotland (APCS), said: “We are calling for this to be withdrawn immediately and we want to have a meeting with the education department at North Lanarkshire Council to discuss how this situation arose.

“It is unbelievable that they are giving 11-year-old pupils information asserting that our struggle for freedom is pure terrorism.

“The questions are not only biased but they are contradicting the legal framework of the Palestinian cause.”

Outraged Aliyah Shafiq, 19, shared it online after her sister brought it home.

The student wrote: “How is my little sister being made to answer questions like this for her homework?

“This is completely unacceptable and 100 per cent has to be complained about to North Lanarkshire Council.


The ‘Terrorism and Terror’ booklet features a passage on “separatists” and discusses the Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as Northern Ireland.


It reads: “Another example of separatist terrorism is in Israel. Palestinians, who live in Israel believe that it is their land which is being occupied by the Israelis. “Wars between Israel and Palestinians over this always ended in their defeat and so they have turned to terrorist methods for over 30 years. “In 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists held nine Israeli athletes hostage at the Olympic Games on Munich. All of the hostages were killed.

“Most recently, terrorists have carried out many suicide bombings on buses and public places. “They are respected by their own community as Martyrs. A solution to this extremism is hard to find.”


The booklet goes on to ask pupils some questions about the text, including: “Palestinians feel that they have the right to use terrorism against the Israelis. Give two reason why they feel this. Use the information to help you.”

It also asks: “Describe two examples of Palestinian terrorist activities.”


The passage on “separatists” also refers to the IRA and UDA in Northern Ireland, stating that the violence caused over 3000 deaths in 30 years.


The worksheet prompted an outcry on social media and has been shared in the US and the Middle East.


A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council's Learning and Leisure Services said: "The homework material used was taken from a teaching pack which is now obsolete. We are contacting all schools to ensure this particular material is no longer used.

"The description of Palestinian people is entirely inappropriate and apologise unreservedly for the offence caused.

"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. This topic aims to gives pupils a greater understanding of the nature of different conflicts and their regional, global and historical significance and does not pass any judgement on the subject.”