Hodjanernes Blog

26 maj 2007

UK Lesson Plan Concerns Muslim Educators

LONDON – Britain is funding a curriculum aimed at teaching children in Muslim religious schools how to steer clear of extremism, but some of the lessons are worrying Muslim educators.

One lesson plan goes something like this: A group of Islamic extremists want to buy fertilizer that could be used to make a bomb. Should the shop keeper sell it to them? Or take Ahmad, whose friends want to attack a local supermarket in retaliation for the war in Iraq. Is it right for Ahmad to harm innocent Britons because their government invaded a Muslim country?

The curriculum’s answer in both cases is no, but the fact that these scenarios are being considered at all has prompted concern among Muslim teachers, who question whether they are appropriate for young students.

Mere på phillyBurbs /Limewoody

Blackmailing Europe

It isn’t hard to spot the difference in the press’s reaction to Israel’s carefully targeted response to the hail of missiles raining down on Sderot from Gaza, and the Lebanese government’s bombardment of a Palestinian “refugee camp” where terrorists belonging to Fatah al-Islam are holed up.

Lebanon’s action is — rightly — seen as a legitimate act of self-defense against a Syrian-backed attempt to destabilize its government. Israel, by contrast, is condemned for its decision to retaliate against the Hamas leaders who are ordering indiscriminate attacks on its civilians.

Right now, far more Palestinians are dying in the civil war between Hamas and Fatah, or between the Lebanese army and Islamist terrorists, than those who are being killed by Israel.

There is nothing new about this disproportion. In fact, since 1945, the number of Muslims killed by other Muslims outnumbers those killed by Israelis by a factor that far exceeds 100-1.

The death toll from the civil wars, genocides, and insurgencies that have raged across the Islamic world from Algeria to Indonesia simply dwarfs the numbers killed in the Arab-Israeli wars or the Palestinian intifadas.

Yet, here in Britain, as elsewhere in the West, the demonization of Israel is relentless. Press coverage during the run-up to next month’s anniversary of the Six Day War has been uniformly hostile. A vociferous campaign to lift the European Union’s boycott of the murderous Hamas regime is gaining ground, and, in any case, the aid is still flowing to the terrorists through all kinds of backwaters.

Mere på New York Sun /Limewoody