Israel Orders Science Textbook Publishers To Remove Human Reproduction Information From Some Zionist Orthodox School Textbooks
Israel Orders Science Textbook Publishers To Remove Human Reproduction Information From Zionist Orthodox School Textbooks
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Publishers of Israeli science textbooks have been reportedly ordered by the government to remove content related to human reproduction and contraception in books used by students under the age of 15.
“[That material] does not fit in with the educational outlook for junior high school students in the state religious system,” the Education Ministry reportedly said in a statement, adding that it had asked for "targeted adjustments" to make sure textbooks "include [only] texts and reading materials [which are] in the spirit of the state religious education system.”
Anat Hoffman, the executive director of the Reform Movement’s Israeli Religious Action Centre and founder of Women of the Wall, reportedly said the censorship is a "slippery slope.”
"When we start filtering science for modesty reasons, that in the end will hinder our ability to teach science to Israeli children.…Teaching children about these subjects in a factual and respectful way is not in any way an affront to religion," she told the British newspaper the Guardian.
She also pointed out that right wing and haredi rabbis are gaining more influence and using it to oppress women.
“Modesty considerations are being used as a political tool to keep women 'in their place’” and the government censorship should be viewed in that context, she added.
The Education Ministry reportedly claimed the censorship did not involve removing pictures of women and said that “the image of women has a place and expression in school textbooks.”
It also claimed that what it calls the “targeted adjustments” are not meant to change “the goals of the educational program.”