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Israel is considering a bill to require Israeli universities to include a prerequisite course on Zionist concepts in their curricula.

The bill was submitted to the Knesset by Yisrael Beytenu Knesset Member Oded Forer.

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The measure is intended to counter the anti-Israel trend that has been seen among many of the academics.

It is also hoped the course will help students become citizens who are more aware of their heritage.

The course is expected to include texts from founding fathers such as David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Rabin, and others.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I think it is a good idea.
    Of course it depends on what we include in the topic of "Zionism".
    It is very important that each and every Jew is aware of our origins, aware of our fundamental founding principles and the unique purpose, mission this Nation has in the world.

    Without the fundamental principles of being a Nation of "one man with one heart", existing through "all of Israel are responsible for one another" in order to show shining, positive example for others as "light onto others" we become lost like everybody else in the world.

    It is especially true today when due to our inherently self-serving, self-justifying and distrusting nature we are sinking into unsolvable global crisis and only the Jewish method, building mutually complementing collaboration above inherent distrust and despite unfounded hatred can we solve problems and survive.
    So we need to teach ourselves the whole "package" not just parts of it.

  2. Caution must be used so it is not taught by anti-Zionists! E.G.: "Jewish Studies" departments in many universities were endowed by Jewish philanthropists with great intent, but in many cases, that's where bible studies are parked with professors whose job it is to debunk it, show how it was composed by people and has no divinity. It's also where leftist professors get to put down Zionism. In the end, such courses are controlled by the faculty and if the faculty, such as at BGU or Haifa U. are anti-Zionist, that's what will be taught!

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