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Iranian school textbooks replete with antisemitism and incitement to violence, new report shows

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This is the first comprehensive study of antisemitism, intolerance, or extremism in the official Iranian curriculum in nearly half a decade.

Iranian state textbooks are replete with antisemitism and incitement to violence against America, Israel and the Jewish people, a new report shows.

Released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on the 42nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution, the new study ‘’Incitement: Antisemitism and Violence in Iran’s Current State Textbooks’’ reveals that current editions of the regime’s school textbooks even go so far as to blame Western media for hyping the pandemic to undermine last year’s celebration of the Iranian

This is the first comprehensive study of antisemitism, intolerance, or extremism in the official Iranian curriculum in nearly half a decade.

Iran, which has been identified by the U.S. State Department as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, is publishing and distributing an official school curriculum whose textbooks glorify terrorism, indoctrinate hate among young people and encourage conspiratorial thinking—all in flagrant disregard for international norms and obligations.

“It is no secret that the Iranian regime continues to promote extremism and terrorism and feeds its people on a steady diet of antisemitic and anti-American propaganda,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “Iran’s textbooks show how deeply ingrained this official campaign of incitement is within society, and how they are reaching impressionable young people with these xenophobic and dehumanizing messages as part of the formal teaching curriculum,” he added.

The report cites several current examples, including :

  • Teaching students to chant “Death to Israel,” which the books describe as a fake regime that must be eliminated;
  • Teaching students that Jews have conspired against Islam from its earliest days, forging Islamic scriptures and using warfare and even Freemasonry to achieve evil aims;
  • Teaching students that U.S.-led sanctions against Iran are part of a “satanic plan” to eliminate Muslims’ religious beliefs; and
  • Teaching students that the Iranian people, through their nuclear scientists in particular, “have achieved a blessing with your great jihad and the blood of your bounteous youths.”

In response to the global pandemic, Tehran’s current school textbooks are also promoting a conspiracy theory alleging that Western media exaggerated the coronavirus in 2020 to drive down turnout at crowded ceremonies for the regime’s 41st anniversary last year, said report author David Weinberg, Washington Director for International Affairs.

“While some curricula in the region are starting to improve, scaling back incitement and encouraging discussions about tolerance, Tehran’s educational antisemitism and incitement to violence is as militant as ever,” he said.

ADL called on the U.S. and other governments ‘’to urgently take coordinated action to condemn and to counter Iran’s state-sponsored incitement of antisemitism, including in its schools.’’

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