Teaching Hate: Iran’s Schoolbooks Teach Hatred and War curriculum

Iran’s schools are nurturing a siege mentality in children with textbooks showing preparations for war and depicting Israel and the West as the enemy, an Israel-based think tank said on Tuesday.

One textbook gave 13-year-olds a basic overview of light arms while one early reader book depicted the murder of a Palestinian toddler by an Israel Defense Forces soldier, a survey by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP) found.

“Iran’s war curriculum is a danger to the world’s peace and security. This is the way the books develop a siege mentality in the minds of the students,” CMIP director of research Arnon Groiss told a news conference in Brussels.

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