International book publisher, Pearson, has opted to pause distribution of two textbooks used by secondary schools in Britain due to distorted information that appear in the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A group of academics said in a report that the books - titled Conflict in the Middle East and The Middle East: Conflict, Crisis and Change and written by author Hilary Brash - had deliberately omitted historical records and failed to offer pupils a balanced view on the region.
According to the report, alterations had been made to text, timelines, maps and photographs after an intervention by the Board of Deputies of British Jews working together with UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) last year.
The report concluded that "school children should not be supplied with propaganda under the guise of education" and called for the immediate withdrawal of the two textbooks.
The eight-page report, by Professors John Chalcraft and James Dickins, Middle East specialists in History and Politics, and in Arabic, respectively, and members of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), found hundreds of changes to the textbooks - averaging three changes per page.
“Overwhelmingly, the changes which have been made to these texts add or substitute statements, information and interpretations which favour an Israeli narrative, and remove or replace those that support Palestinian narratives,” Chalcraft said.
"The overall effect is to make these books dangerously misleading.”
Darul Ihsan Media Desk