Australian sample test says Israeli Arabs persecuted for not being Jewish
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Australian sample test says Israeli Arabs persecuted for not being Jewish

Jewish day school principal complains over claim made in practice test produced by gym teachers union

Arab Israelis wave Palestinian flags as they take part in the annual "March of Return" held on Israel's Independence Day, near the northern city of Umm al-Fahm, on May 9, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Arab Israelis wave Palestinian flags as they take part in the annual "March of Return" held on Israel's Independence Day, near the northern city of Umm al-Fahm, on May 9, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

An exercise that an Australian teachers union prepared for grading some tests suggested that Israel persecutes Arabs because “they don’t follow the Jewish religion.”

The principal of Melbourne’s Mount Scopus Memorial College, a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school, lodged a complaint to the Education Ministry about the sample question for final year students in the state of Victoria.

“It’s an utter falsehood,” Rabbi James Kennard said. “It creates a negative impression of Israel, which is actually a center of religious tolerance … and the only democratic country in the Middle East.”

According to the sample answer provided for a question on persecution, “An example of an individual being persecuted for their religion could be the Arab families living in Israel who practice the Islam religion rather than the Jewish religion. Including unlawful demolition of homes and forced displacement and detainment of these families.”

The practice exam was produced by the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation’s Victoria branch, which is a professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in the fields of health, physical education and sport recreation areas of study in Victoria.

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