UK: Muslim group objects to Zionism in schools

UK: Muslim group objects to Zionism in schools

They don't object to Judaism, per se, but rather to one of its basic principles (Zionism might not be 'part of the Jewish faith', but the Land of Israel is). What's the difference between saying you have nothing against Jews, just their deeply held beliefs, and saying you have no trouble with Muslims, but rather with the religion they practice?

A Muslim campaign group has written to the new Education Secretary Michael Gove to object to state-aided Jewish schools promoting Zionism.

This article was prepared by the Islam in Europe blog -

Mohammed Asif, the chief executive of Engage (not to be confused with the antisemitism monitoring group of the same name), said he was "more than a little surprised" to see Zionism included as part of the ethos of several Jewish schools.

Mr Asif cited a number of Jewish schools professing explicit support for Zionism, including Manchester's King David High School, Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary in Salford, and Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Hackney, north London.

He wrote that he understood the Jewish nature of the schools, but that he would "contest the place of Zionism in the school's governing ethos".

"Zionism is not part of the Jewish faith," he stated. "It is a political ideology which has its roots in the works of Theodore Herzl and subsequent ideologues that have advanced the idea of a national struggle to establish a homeland for the Jews in the modern era."

Referring to comments made by Mr Gove last year about a Muslim school, he went on: "I know… that you objected to the use of public funds to propagate an Islamic state. I would be pleased to learn of your views on the use of public funds to propagate a Jewish state."

He added: "As a parent, I have no difficulty in sending my child to a Jewish faith school but I, and I'm sure many other parents, would strongly object to the instilling of Zionist ideas and ideals as part of my child's education."


Source: The JC (English)

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