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April 08, 1994 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-04-08

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Imam Abdullah El-Amin

Chairman, The Muslim Center,
Detroit, Michigan

Ms. Sharona Shapiro

Not Only Jews

Director, Michigan Area
American Jewish Committee

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He came up with the idea for
plan to teach Israeli high
"Sensitivity to Suffering in the
school students that the
World" after his research
Holocaust was not histo-
showed that teachers in train-
ry's only genocide — that
ing, especially those headed for
it also happened to other peo-
religious and Orthodox schools,
ples like the Armenians and
took to heart the "Jewish" and
Gypsies — has touched some
"Zionist" lessons of the Holo-
sensitive nerves here.
caust much more so than the
Last fall, the people in charge
"universal" ones.
of curriculum in Israeli schools
In an informal survey, he
enthusiastically gave the go-
found that hardly any teacher
ahead to develop such a lesson
candidates had even heard of
plan, to be titled "Sensitivity to
the Armenian genocide, in
Suffering in theWorld." But
which an estimated 1.5 million
about a month ago, when the
Armenians were slaughtered
Israeli media inaccurately re-
by the Turks during and im-
ported that the Armenian and
mediately after World War I.
Gypsy genocides were to be
"If I demand that the world
lumped together with the teach-
know the Holocaust, I have to
ing of the Holocaust, there were
also demand that my own peo-
some loud protests, especially
ple address the genocide of the
from Yad Vashem.
Armenians and Gypsies," Dr.
Now, education officials are
Oron said. (Some 250,000-
publicly backing away from
500,000 Gypsies were wiped out
their earlier endorsement of the
by the Nazis.)
program, saying nothing has
In a Dec. 28 statement, the
been decided — even though
Education Ministry said "Sen-
written protocols of their meet-
sitivity to Suffering in the
ings tell a different story. Dr.
World" would include: "The
Yair Oron, the educator who
questions of morals, values, the-
proposed the lesson plan and
ology, philosophy and politics
got the Education Ministry's ap-
that arise as a result of our
proval to develop it, is quietly
awareness of the tragedies that
going ahead with his work.
befall others. In addition, an at-
He expects that the subject
tempt [will be made] to clarify
of genocide will be taught as a
if there is, and what is, the spe-
pilot program in teacher semi-
cial significance of our identity
naries this summer and in some
as Jews — victims of genocide
high schools this fall — unless
(the Holocaust) — in our ap-
the controversy surrounding the
proaches to the tragedies of oth-
idea flares up again and kills it.
er peoples."
The dispute is an old but still
In approving the develop-
explosive one — whether Is-
ment of the lessonplan, Pro-
raelis should be taught that the
fessor David Gordon,
Holocaust was only about the
chairman of the
annihilation of Euro- ,,,,,–
curriculum
pean Jews, or that it
committee,
was also about
was quoted
man's general in-
in the pro-
humanity to
tocol as
man.
saying: "
Dr. Oron,
In many
who teaches
cases the
Contempo-
lesson
rary Jew-
[learned
ish Stud-
from the
ies at Tel
H o 1 o -
Aviv's
caust] is
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educational
go even further
programs at L.
[by stressing]
Yad Vashem,
that we have to
sides with the
be strong and
latter interpre-
place security
tation, even if it
before every-
is a minority
thing else, and
plank in israei,

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