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Monday, February 26, 2007

 

Unlike Other Kids, Palestinian Kids Love Textbooks


1938. National Christian Orthodox School, Jaffa. Khalidi, Walid. Before Their Diaspora. Washington D.C.: Insitute for Palestine Studies, 1991.
One wonders how these Palestinian kids found time for music practice because in a deviation from the norm, unlike other students all over the world, Palestinian students love to read their textbooks. It's rare to come across a Palestinian student engaged in any other pursuit. Palestinian teachers are proud that they don't have to cajole, bribe, or take away recess from these kids, who naturally gravitate toward textbooks, the thicker, the better, according to Palestine's Minister of Education. "Evidently, the fabled Arab mind takes to textbooks," the minister proffers.
In their beloved textbooks (just ask Hillary or John McCain) they devour pages and pages of unflattering stories about the Russian, French, Canadian, North American, South American, British, Peruvian, Indian, Polish, and Lithuanian Zionists who made for themselves a miltarist's dream home in Palestine.
And these very textbooks, according to wannabe Arabists Hillary and John, are why the Palestinian children don't take to the uzi loving Ethiopeans, Indians, Parisians, and Rio de Janierians in their midst.
Much to our senators consternation, Palestinians question the "morality" of the so-called "Jewish" state built upon their ashes. Now, American students might not know why because unlike their over achieving Palestinian counterparts, it is hard to get American kids to read nowadays.
But, I bet American kids would be riveted to their textbooks and pay attention during current events if they studied about little Ebtisam Al Tardh, who was scared to literal death by Israel's soldiers. The little five year old went into shock when Israel's stormtroopers busted into her house during the middle of the night, a frequent occurance in occupied Palestine.
And American kids might just think twice about the morals and intellect of Hillary Clinton and John McCain who keep harping on textbooks if their current events classes were as exciting as a Palestinian kid's day. Because in Nablus right now, kids aren't in school: kids are being arrested, hospitals are taken over by soldiers, soldiers are shooting at medical teams trying to take the injured from the besieged town to hospital and Anan At Tibi, 42, was killed in his own home by occupying soldiers who also shot his son and hauled him off to an "undisclosed" location.
Nablusian kids are already under curfew and are soon to be joined by Palestinian kids from other bantustans due to Purim, the Jewish holiday. They'll be under even more restrictions than usual so as not to interfere with the jolly settlers' festivities. But not too worry. Palestinian kids won't mind a bit as they'll have more time to stay home and read their textbooks, even without Hillary and John's imprimitaur.

Comments:
hello um kahlil,
i would like to refer to the last paragraph, where you wrote that:
Nablusian kids are already under curfew and are soon to be joined by
Palestinian kids from other bantustans due to Purim, the Jewish holiday.
Palestinian kids won't mind a bit as they'll have more time to stay home and read their
textbooks"
In my opinion books are very good, and getting new knolege is great and important, but not to
learn because the zionists are making *another* sieghe.
its absourd.

i have just had a thought about an option,
the i think you um kahlil have decided to take.
in the last few years many palestinianin, also from ramallah, are emigrating from palestine,
to europe, and i do wonder if these sighes are the thing that makes palestinins leave their homes..
i do understand the problematic side of it,
but is it real for me?
making such a step can stop my life, and probobaly make me stop visiting my family.

regards.

asad al nimr,
ramallah

almanarasquare.blogspot.com
 
asad ramallah,

I was making a joke about Palestinian kids reading textbooks since as a teacher I know most kids don't like to read their textbooks yet in the US the politicians must think that Palestinian kids really love to read their textbooks because the reason that politicians always give for kids' hatred of Israel is that their textbooks teach them to hate Israel.

My father immigrated from Ramallah in 1951, Asad.
 
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