Sydney: Blood Libel Text book Used in Australias Schools

(Vos Iz Neias)A Text book, already being used in NSW schools, claims Jewish people spread the blood of lambs on doorposts on Pesach, blames modern conflicts on “reactions of other groups to the Jewish people”, and says polygamy is “commonly practiced” in Israel.

The text book Cambrige Studies of Religion : Stage 6 has been distributed to HSC students studying religious studies. The text book has been published seemingly oblivious to the gross inaccuracies in the Jewish chapter, which could form the basis for a legal claim of racial vilification.

The book also inexplicably informs high school students that Jewish people “choose sophisticated professions such as law, medicine and scholarship” because of a focus on “family togetherness”, particularly on Shabbat.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies executive director Vic Alhadeff has met with one of the book’s authors to express serious concern about the content of the text book. But as of Monday afternoon, Cambridge University Press had not acted to remove the book from the market or recall it from schools.

Alhadeff indicated that some of the content of the book could be the basis for a legal claim of racial vilification and could potentially incite racial hatred in NSW.

“Some of the statements could perpetuate myths and inaccurate stereotypes about Judaism and the Jewish people and fuel anti-Semitism,” he said.

“This textbook should be withdrawn from circulation immediately. We have put that request to the publisher and are awaiting their response.”

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