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Saudi school books teach hatred of Jews, Christians and gays despite demands for reform, report says


Saudi school books teach hatred of Jews, Christians and homosexuals, say beating women is “necessary” despite kingdom bragging about “modernizing”, report says

  • Researchers examined textbooks for the 2018-2019 academic year in Saudi Arabia
  • A passage says beating women is “allowed if necessary”, analysts say
  • Other excerpts “promote incitement to hatred of Jews, Christians and homosexuals”
  • The report was written by a US-based group, the Anti-Defamation League










Saudi textbooks teach hatred of Jews, Christians and homosexuals – although the kingdom boasts of “modernizing”, according to a report.

The country’s program also contains a passage saying beating women is “allowed if necessary,” according to the United States-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

This comes despite Saudi Arabia’s commitment to modernize under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, with sweeping changes, including lifting the ban on women driving and allowing them to watch sport in national stadiums. .

Saudi textbooks teach hatred of Jews, Christians and homosexuals – although the kingdom boasts of “modernizing”, according to a report. It comes despite Saudi Arabia’s pledge to modernize under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (pictured), with sweeping changes, including lifting the driving ban for women

The ADL said he reviewed the textbooks published by the Saudi government for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Researchers from the Jewish non-governmental organization say they have found that they “promote incitement to hatred or violence against Jews, Christians, and gay women and men.”

The textbooks he analyzed have a “significant international footprint” and have been used in countries in Africa, Europe and other parts of Asia, they said.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said: “The United States needs to keep its ally Saudi Arabia at a higher level.

“The United States cannot look away as Saudi Arabia spreads anti-Semitic hate speech year after year in the educational materials it distributes to its children.”

The findings were published in a report titled “Teaching Hate and Violence: Problematic Sections from Saudi State Textbooks for the 2018-19 School Year”.

David Andrew Weinberg, ADL’s director of international affairs in Washington and author of the report, added: “Saudi Arabia has made undeniably important social and religious reforms in recent years, but these measures have yet to respond to the Hateful slurs against Jews, Christians and others which is being taught to the next generation of Saudis.

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