how many more school textbooks

How many more school textbooks are spreading lies and hate?

School based revisionist history and antisemitism took centre stage again yesterday as more evidence of the rancid distortions that are freely taught to our children came to light. In a sign of how bad things are – this news didn’t even break in the UK.

I first got hold of the story through a post published on the US based blogger ‘JewishChick’s Facebook page. She had uploaded an image of what seemed to be a school textbook posing a question for students – asking whether Israel bore ‘long term’ responsibility for the 9/11 attacks:

School text book

I tracked it down. Hachette UK, which owns ‘Hodder Education’, published the book ‘Understanding History: Britain in the Wider World, Roman Times – Present’. The book was co-written by Michael Riley, Alex Ford, Kath Goudie, Richard Kennett and Helen Snelson, all people engaged in teaching history in the UK. It is for KS3 (ages 11-14) and seems to have been well received by teachers and students alike:

School 2

The book only referenced Israel once – on pages 240-241 – in a section about causes of 9/11. Popular publisher – popular book – outrageous question. How is it possible that this has been published, distributed, taught in schools AND yet it still took an American blogger to tell us about it? Where are our own guards?

For 1000s of years people who have had control of children’s education have found ways to tell lies about Jews. Today they do it through demonising Israel. Just a few months ago Pearson’s were forced to take a revisionist textbook off the shelves – and now this. How many more are out there? Children who are taught this stuff – are going to become adults – with opinions, votes and power.

Schools are teaching sloppy, bad history

I honestly do not think this was anything more than sloppy. With someone like Ilan Pappe – you know it is deliberate. Inside this book there is a ‘tell’. In the short description of Israel, the book states that 500,000 Arabs ‘fled their homes’ in 1948. An anti-Israel activist intent on distortion would most certainly have claimed these people were ‘expelled’. This leads me to believe this is an error of academic incompetence and arrogance.

Why incompetent? Because there were so many mistakes in so few paragraphs. This was a history book – it has one job – to teach children what happened – and instead it sent a few nasty lies directly into the children’s minds.

School lies

I’m not going to go through each of the mistakes – instead I will use just three inexcusable lies. The first is to suggest that Britain tried to stop Jewish migration after the war. The most basic student of this history knows that Britain had spent many years BEFORE the war, curbing Jewish immigration – leading to the infamous and deadly 1939 White Paper. The second I will mention is the map. There was no Palestine in 1949. In 1950 the British even recognised Trans Jordan’s annexation of the lands it captured. Finally the accusation that Israel ‘took even more land’ – that is demonising distortion.

Another whopper

Here is one more whopper:

school lies

A math question. IF 95% of the people who lived in ‘Palestine’ were Muslims – over 10% were Jewish and 10% were Christian, THEN how many % do you have? This isn’t an activist at work. This is someone who doesn’t know the history – is partially driven by political ideology – and has the arrogance to believe they are fit to write textbooks without possessing the skillset or the ‘tachat’ (backside) to do it.

The publisher has withdrawn the book. They are no doubt going to edit out the 9/11 error. I suggest they do far more than that. How can so many mistakes exist in the first place? In a few short paragraphs there is more than enough evidence to suggest this book has been put together by cowboys. There is NO reason to have ANY confidence in the rest of the book. If the publisher cares about educating children at all – this book won’t be republished without historians – experts in their fields – going through every paragraph of it with a magnifying glass.

School ideology

The 9/11 error is different. It is not evidence of being bad at history, but rather evidence of ideological spin. The authors were not trying to suggest Mossad was ‘behind 9/11’ – what they wanted to do was blame the victims (the west) for radical Islamic terror attacks. The Jews as always become the easy scapegoat. A page earlier they asked the same question a different way:

This isn’t teachers teaching history – it is them pushing an anti-western narrative onto our children. In their eagerness to drive home the point by reframing the question a page later, they combine the hard-left’s well-known view of Israel as nothing more than a colonial outpost – and end up stumbling all over antisemitism. In an act of stupidity, they try to suggest Israel may hold the key to 9/11. Rather than focus on oil, the Soviets, the Cold War, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Sunni-Shi’ite wars, Arab factionalism, the rise of Arab Nationalism or any of the other major contributors to the rise of Islamic extremism – they actually focus on Israel. Yes, forget all the actual history – it is the Jews who cause all the wars.

Two school books in as many months

Two UK school textbooks have been withdrawn from use in the last two months. Both contained as much fiction as fact and both carried underlying antisemitic messaging. These books TEACH our children lies – AND install antisemitism (Jews are to blame for it all) into the school system. These two books are just the tip of the iceberg. We have to get a firm grip on this. These books are not just teaching children – they are indoctrinating future leaders and managers. Why do we think our environment has deteriorated? Because we are looking now at the product of allowing this to happen in school to a previous generation and thinking it unimportant. Where did these teachers come from – if not our school system? There is little more important than addressing the control this hard-left ideology has over the education of our children.

A few days ago, I wrote that I was going to do deeper research into anti-Zionist antisemitism within the school system, focusing mainly on the union – the NEU. I can confidently write that I have never had such a response from so many people to a request. I am still wading through a list of those who sent private messages and have stories to tell. I have a lot of work to do and you will certainly be hearing more from me on this.

In the meantime, we have to turn to Government. It shouldn’t be down to the Jews to have to search through textbook references to Israel – to find the lies, indoctrination and antisemitism. This is someone’s job and they are not doing it properly. They cannot be allowed to outsource the problem to the victimised minority. It is time for us to demand more.



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52 thoughts on “How many more school textbooks are spreading lies and hate?

  1. “Everyday Jews should be thankful they live in a world that has Israel in it.”

    The Zionists who live there are very happy that their racist cult can enjoy their special treatment.

    The majority of Jews, those who live elsewhere, are happy to continue living in the outside world
    ….. as David , Gnasher, Scoffie etc. do 🙂

  2. David writes “In the short description of Israel, the book states that 500,000 Arabs ‘fled their homes’ in 1948. An anti-Israel activist intent on distortion would most certainly have claimed these people were ‘expelled’. “. But David, many WERE expelled. Over 500 of their villages were destroyed by Jewish militia

    Zionist Historian Benny Morris(whose books David has on his shelves)most recently (July 2019), sharply criticized the restrictions under the Netanyahu government of access to historical documents related to the Palestinian Nakba, and he has expressed empathy for all victims of atrocities in the 1948 war.

    He writes: “No reasonable person still believes that there were no acts of expulsion and massacre by the Jewish side in the 1948 war, which was launched by the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab states and which in my view was a justified war in defense of the Jewish community. It was a war in which the Arabs also committed massacres (at the Haifa refineries and in Kfar Etzion) and expulsions (from the Jewish Quarter in the Jerusalem’s Old City, for example), though to a lesser degree”.

    There you have it. Morris describes David as not a reasonable person, but then David’s role isn’t as an Historian but as a propagandist for Israel.

    The book he attacks is posing the question as to whether there is a link. the book isn’t making a link.

    I trust the children at KS3 have a better comprehension of the English education system than David has.

    1. p.s.

      The book that David had a hand in persuading Pearson to withdraw that he said was anti-Semitic – ‘The Middle East, conflict, crisis and change’ has now been re-published as a new edition.

      David should now again go through the new edition and satisfy himself that the new edition is to his liking. He should confirm on his blog that any antisemitism(if it ever existed) has been removed. How about it, David?

      I ask him again, how is ‘demonising Israel’ telling lies about Jews?

      Israel is NOT the Jews. AntiZionism is NOT antisemitism.

    2. I suggest you read Efraim Karsh’s historically accurate (he is a Middle East historian, as am I) book ‘Palestine Betrayed’, based on fresh archival material to see just how many Arabs either chose (before the Arab invasion) to leave or were told to leave by the Arab Higher Committee and the Arab Liberation Army – a majority – how many helped the invading armies and were rightly expelled by Jewish forces fighting an Arab threat to commit genocide of the Jews (highly believable after the Holocaust), and how many stayed and became full citizens of Israel (now 20% of the population). You could do more reading than that, but I suspect you don’t have the courage or training or balance to do so. The mistakes David has identified in the the textbooks are glaring, especially for someone with my nearly 50 years background in Arabic, Islam and the Middle East. The propaganda is on your side, not David’s.

      Denis MacEoin

      1. Well, Mr. Historian, did the Arabs leave because their leaders asked them to, or were they driven out their villages having been destroyed and them having been subjected to killings and rapes?

        1. The first lot left because they were wealthy enough to go and wanted to take their families away from the prospect of violence (as wealthy families always do when they have a choice). Sadly this left an already leaderless local population without many of their key figures and was to leave them impotent to face what was to come. Then the irregular forces arrived. Illegal forces that had crossed over into the Mandate long before the Jews went on the offensive. These irregular forces were the first to depopulate villages – asking villagers next to Jewish targets to go somewhere else. After all these forces needed somewhere to live. The estimates are that up to 100k had left long before the Haganah even went on the offensive.

          1. “leave them impotent to face what was to come. ”

            … and what was to come? … we both know don’t we, David? Now they are refugees from their homes.

            1. 800,000 Jews from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Afghanistan, Jordan

              are refugees from their homes.

              Jews from Arab countries FLED FOR THEIR LIVES to AVOID BEING SLAUGHTERED

              by their Arab/Muslim neighbors –

              just as Arabs/Muslims are fleeing Syria, Iraq and the rest, TODAY –

              to AVOID being SLAUGHTERED by their FELLOW Arabs/Muslims savages terrorists.

              1. Poor ignorant Ted.

                Ted doesn’t know that unlike when Jewish terrorists drove Arabs from their destroyed villages Jewish refugees weren’t being slaughtered and Mossad and Zionist groups in those countries were persuading Jews to migrate to their new state of Israel, sometimes by falsifying attacks on them.

                Several Arab countries sought to persuade Jews to stay.

                You’ve been tricked as to the movement of those Jews.

    1. “Islamo-FAUX-bia” is NOT an “Irrational” fear of Islamofascist Terrorism.

      See 9/11, London’s 7/7, Boston Marathon bombing, Pan Am 103, beheading of Lee Rigby, massacre at Charlie Hebdo, Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, Bastille Day truck ramming attack in Nice, Bataclan arena bombing, death threats against writer Salman Rushdie, Danish cartoonists, South Park cartoon series, Beslan school massacre, 500,000+ dead in Syrian civil war, 1,000,000 dead in the 8 year Iraq/Fascist Iran war, Pulse nightclub massacre, WMD poison gas attack on the Kurds of Halabja Iraq, Bali beach massacre, Mumbai India massacre by Pakistani terrorists, Nairobi Kenya mall massacre, HamASS, Hezbola, Taliban, Boko Haram Muslim Brotherhood, Fascist Iran, stoning girls to death over “family honour”, pushing gays off rooftops in Gaza, dragging opponents of HamASS behind motorcycles through the streets of Gaza.

      Let’s see Pearson Textbooks educate students on the atrocities committed by “militant” followers of radical Islam.

      Happy Nakba to All!

  3. “they combine the hard-left’s well-known view of Israel as nothing more than a colonial outpost – and end up stumbling all over antisemitism”

    Why again are you linking a view of Israel with antisemitism? You’ve been told umpteen times that Israel is NOT the Jews. Poor learner … or serial ljiar?

    1. Sharmuta, Isn’t Mecca, for the Muslims? Of course. Just as Ireland is for the Irish.

      So Israel is for the Jews.

      You really are a DUMB Sharmuta. You and DUMB Bellamy make a great couple of fascists – like Shickelgruber and Eva Braun.

      1. Edward,
        Thanks for engaging, but you will have a greater chance of convincing someone if you do not begin your comments with insults. As for Mecca, I hope you have some fabulous architects and engineers in mind, as it may be difficult to house two billion people in one small dry area with a very very limited water supply. Greater London, for example, contains fewer than nine million inhabitants. There are a thousand millions in a billion.

  4. “Nazi propaganda has no place on the electronic bookshelves of our country.”

    Which country are you referring to, David?

    What about Zionist propaganda?

  5. “I lost count of the times I was accused of ‘interfering’ in the election

    Why would anyone say that, David? Not as if you constantly blogged and lied against any particular party.

  6. “A million Jews used to live in these places.”

    Strange. Where could they have emigrated to?

  7. David

    Another excellent example of your work

    The left have been diligently working at taking over the universities for decades, and now they are firmly entrenching themselves in the schools by means of controlling of the curriculum and textbooks

    I have a book at home on the history of the Middle East at the time of the Romans.
    The author periodically refers to the area as Palestine, so I wrote to him asking if he had any evidence as to whether this area was called Palestine at that point, or was he just calling it that because of the current fad for calling the area Palestine today.
    Needless to say, three years later and counting I’m still waiting for a reply
    He was an educator at some point

    Seems you have a dedicated fan and follower in the Farmer

    He must sit in front of his keyboard, fingers poised, waiting for your next blog.
    I wonder if he suffers withdrawal symptoms in between your postings

    1. Hardly a fan, I’d need to respect his lies and his smearing of the decent for that, Dick, as you do.

  8. Dear Sir:

    Great article! This is similar to a text book for US Jr. High grades 6-8 that was stopped back nearly 20 years ago by a well-known textbook publisher Houghton-Mifflin. It was called “Across the Centuries.” The series would whitewash the facts about history by glorifying the enemies of humanity. It took handful of Jewish parents to go to the state Board of Education to complain. Then the main author of the book admitted he never saw the proof sheets of the textbook but allowed them to be sent to the publisher. The publisher quoting free speech had lost not only their reputation as they admitted no one proofread them and allowed them demeaning of all Jews to go for publication.

    The book had: 1) whitewashed Holocaust facts; 2) allowed blood libels to be included; 3) made Arafat a true man of peace; since the Jews own the banks, they were going to withhold all monies unless the US went to war; and many other offenses. I was one of the parents that fought against using this book. It was when my own miracles (children) were students. I was outraged and made this public as much as possible.

  9. I think we should lighten things up by having a song writing contest.
    Here’s part of my entry.

    Land Grab (sung to the tune of ‘Hold Tight’)

    Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab
    Hey you bigot want some Zio-nism?
    Bugs and lice.
    They’re very nice.

    Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab
    Hey you bigot want some Zio-nism?
    Bloodshed and force,
    then of course,
    you can legally kill Palestinians too,
    cause you’re a Jew
    After shooting children,
    when you return home;
    You can scream and yell:

    Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab
    Hey you bigot want some Zio-nism?
    Bugs and lice.
    They’re very nice.

  10. Brucie babes, or should I call you darling, giggle, giggle

    Methinks you have been reading to many issues of Der Sturmer

    But keep up the good work darling we all love you, giggle, giggle

  11. And why are not Egypt open its border to Gaza and say: Thank you Israel, we take over now and now all the arabic brothers around the ME ill invest in infrastruktur , schools, hospitals , habour, sewer, electricity.
    And we will let you come and work in our countries and bring money back.
    We will let all your brothers in refugees camp around the ME to leave their lives in despair and give them citizenships and education.
    We will stop being destructive and start to be constructive.
    We will show the world that we care.
    Why is this not happening?
    Why are nobody ever talking about this?
    Why just blame of someone else?

    1. There’ll be reasons that you are NOT privy to. Who knows what’s happening politically behind the scenes.

      You honestly think would release its hold on Gaza?

  12. Here’s another verse….

    Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab
    Hey you bigot want some Zio-nism?

    Bulldoze and destroy Palestinian homes;
    you love the tasty smell of blood.
    After your patrol at night,
    you give your favourite yell

    Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab, Land Grab
    Hey you bigot want some Zio-nism?

    Bugs and lice.
    They’re very nice.

    1. Brucie babes and darling (giggle giggle)

      Looks like you’ve totally joined the editorial board of Der Sturmer

      We’re all so excited
      Keep up the good work

      giggle giggle

        1. Douche, the publication went under in 1945, around the time when SHlTler suffered a case of lead poisoning of the tonsils.

          Any connection?

          Happy Nakba!

    1. Surprised that this is the first Zionist rag to get a slap. This is the supposed ‘Jewish community’ so featured in Collier’s regular hate fests.

      This ‘Jewish community’ now has a name for lies, dishonesty and distortion..

      Well done, David.

  13. Collier retweets “Palestinian Peace Plan:

    Hamas: All Jews must die.

    Israel: We won’t allow that.

    UN to Israel: Can’t you meet Hamas half way?”

    … doesn’t mention the Netanyahu (whoops sorry) Trump piece (whoops sorry again) peace plan to

    1) rid Israel of Its Arab citizens.

    2) charge the PA (as its agent) to control the Palestinians in their ghettos.

    3) disarm the Palestinians completely.

    4) perhaps after 4 years allow those ghettos (you have to trust how Israel feels at that time) to become a Palestinian state still under the overall control of Israel.(no room for Hamas whatsoever, even if voted for by the population)

  14. Brucie, darling, giggle giggle

    You seem to have managed a string of comments worthy of their pages

    And while we are here, how about letting us know about your Beth Springfield Shul, and is it possibly the same one as featured in the Simpsons.

    Please give Homer our best wishes, giggle giggle giggle

  15. Another week of Panto activism begins for the cast of ‘allo ‘allo.

    Same comfy old characters, same scripts, same pretend beards and pretend opinions in an episode they like to call “The Poking David Collier Game”

    This is The Resistance.

    Bella Ciao !

  16. New edition of ‘The Middle East, conflict, crisis and change’ now out.

    OK with you, David? History from a Zionist slant? Reviewed it yet? You made a mountain out of the previous edition.

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