Israel and the Palestinians
• A number of Palestinian schools in eastern Jerusalem are switching to Israeli teaching materials. According to Maan News, not everyone’s happy about that:
The Israeli municipality in Jerusalem offered to increase salaries for teachers and principals who agree to implement the plans in their schools, the official said. The proposal would add about 2,000 shekels (about $550) per student enrolled in schools using Israeli curricula.
A teacher who identified himself as Jibril told Ma’an that using Israeli curricula was a “violation” of Palestinian culture and history.
• Two more University of California campuses charged with fostering anti-Semitic environments were cleared by the US Dept. of Education. The feds investigated the Irvine and Santa Cruz campuses. Yesterday, Berkeley was also exonerated. The LA Times writes:
The investigations, while looking at various incidents between 2007 and 2012, generally dealt with the contentions that campus protests against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians stepped over the line into such strong anti-Semitism that some Jewish students felt fearful on campuses.
The federal reports found that some of the protests and other confrontations may have been offensive but were permissible as free speech or were not harsh or persistent enough to threaten Jewish students’ educations and safety.
More at the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
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• Egypt arrested five Hamas members and six other people for massacring 25 policemen. The cops were ambushed near Rafah and shot execution style last week. Six other people were arrested along with the Hamas members. More on the story at the Times of Israel.
• The UK suspended 49 arms export licenses to Egypt because, reports The Guardian, they can be used for repression.
The licences cover items including military communications, aerial target and radar equipment, cryptographic equipment and software, components for military helicopters and vehicles, and ammunition for training in small arms firing.
(Image of books via Wikimedia Commons/Rocket000)
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.