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2. Débat sur l'idéologie nouvelle des livresd'histoire imposée aux écoliers israéliens
THEY'RE CHANGING OUR HISTORY!
by Ruth Matar
Ceci est la retranscription d'un débat transmis sur la chaîne"libre" de droite et militante pour les territoires,
voirla page précédente sur les deux tendances de droite et degauche et leurs mouvements)
and adapted for print.
In This Article:
1. New Israeli Textbooks - with Newly-Written History
2. From Whence the "New" Facts?
3. The True Motive
4. An American Volunteer's View
5. What to Do
NEW ISRAELI TEXTBOOKS - WITH NEWLY-WRITTEN HISTORY
Good evening. Dear listeners, today we'll be discussing a very important
subject. Israel's history books are being rewritten, and our youngstersare
being brainwashed to adopt the post-Zionist orientation. Thesebooks are
not ordinary books - they are textbooks, approved by Israel's Ministryof
Education, and each student in the public school system must buy oneof
three new such textbooks, according to the decision of each schoolor
district. The front-runner among the three books is, by far,one entitled
The 20th Century, by Prof. Ayal Naveh.
Four days ago, the New York Times had a long front-page article, entitled
"Israel's History Textbooks Replace Myth With Facts," explaining howthe
new books shed a "different light" on the Israeli-Arab conflict. Let's
compare the new books with the old ones. I have a textbook publishedin
1984, entitled, "Not on a Silver Platter: From National Home to Sovereign
State, 1939-1949" written by Yosef Ofek. He writes, "The numericalstandoff
[during Israel's War of Independence in 1948] was horrifyingly unbalanced.
The Jewish population totaled only 650,000, while the Arab statestogether
comprised more than 40 million people. The chances of success were
doubtful, and the Jewish community had to draft every possible fighterfor
OK, now let's see what the new book has to say on this topic. The bookby
Naveh, published this year, which many 9th graders all over the countryare
now buying, states as follows: "On nearly every front and innearly every
battle, the Jewish side had the advantage, in terms of planning,
organization, equipment, and the number of trained fighters in eachbattle."
FROM WHENCE THE "NEW" FACTS?
Where did Prof. Naveh get his facts to replace what he calls the oldmyths?
After all, he was born only in 1952, four years after the Warof
Independence. He certainly has no first-hand information - sowhere did he
get his facts? Naveh says that his book is "based on newly-openedstate
archives." When were these permitted to be opened? "In1977," he answers
- 22 years ago. In my book, that is not exactly newly-opened…
To find out what really happened during our War of Independence, weare
privileged to have as our guests on our show tonight two men who were
actively involved in it, and are able to give us a true picture ofwhat
really happened more than 50 years ago. First - Prof. Re'uelShinar, a
Professor of Engineering in City College in New York and presentlyan
engineering consultant. He worked, as he put it, for the "nascentIsraeli
military industry, on the front and underground… I graduated beforethe war
with a chemical engineering degree. During the war I dealt withexplosives
and demolitions, and we had a very difficult time with this at thetime. We
were very lacking in weapons all over…"
Ruth Matar: "How did you feel when you read the NY Times article aboutthe
Prof. Shinar: "I was very upset. I felt that this was sucha
falsification of experience that I can only compare to another similar
falsification of history - I am referring to the denial of the Holocaust."
RM: "Really! That is quite a strong indictment."
Prof. Shinar: "- Because for me and most of my generation, theWar of
Independence was a very formative experience in our whole attitudeto life.
The first two weeks of the war seemed simply hopeless. The Britishhad
armed the Arabs, and they prevented us from arming ourselves. We hadgood
preparation and good fighters, but we had very little to fight with. The
fact that whole world was ready to sit by and watch, so soon afterthe
Holocaust, how these large and well-equipped Arab armies slaughterthe Jews
- this was a major aspect of the formulation of my life. As anexample,
the Arabs had real planes and real bombs, and they could have overrunthe
whole country in the first two weeks. Only after a while didwe receive
arms from the one country who was ready to help us - Czechoslovakia. The
British didn't allow us to prepare ourselves… Let me give youan example
that will show you how hopeless our situation was. On the secondday of
the war, a Air Force officer came to me with a strange request -
RM: "I thought there was no Israel Air Force?"
Prof. Shinar: "Oh, we had a few small planes, like Piper Cubs-
RM: "You mean that small plane, the one in which JFK Jr. was just killed?
But that only has one engine!"
Prof. Shinar: "Right, that's what we had in those days. The copilot would
hold the bomb in his hand and throw it out the window. This wasour Air
Force. In any event, this officer came to me and said there weren'tenough
bombs. He said that they had an idea to use cases of empty beerbottles -
because one of the purposes of bombs is not only to cause damage, butto
cause noise so that they will be afraid, keep their heads down, andnot see
from where the bombs are coming. So the idea was to use these casesthat
would make a lot of noise when they crashed down. But, he said,there was
one problem: beer-bottle cases don't shriek when they fall, as bombsdo,
and he asked if I could do something about it. I had had no experiencein
this, but I said I would try… In the end, we found some toy sirens,and we
copied and enlarged them a bit, and within a day or two we had 20 ofthem.
… I am still amazed now that the Arabs, in those first two weeks,didn't
simply come into Tel Aviv and take it over. They were veryincompetent,
it's true, but we couldn't exactly rely on that. What this authorwrote is
irresponsible nonsense. He could have spoken to many people whowere alive
at the time, such as [former Techiyah Knesset Member] Prof. Yuval Ne'eman,
who was working with the tactics team at the time…"
THE TRUE MOTIVE
RM: "What do you think is the motive of these people who are rewriting
Prof. Shinar: "Young professors who need to make a reputation for
themselves write outrageous statements so they will get their namesinto
the papers... But this professor is not at fault - it's the faultof
Education Minister Yossi Sarid, who put these books into the schools! He's
mis-using the schools for political purposes. Sarid has alwaysfought for
a different peace than that which Barak and Peres and Netanyahu havefought
for, which is the only one acceptable to the majority of Israel. They wish
to protect Israel's ability to defend itself, and not to give up. But
Sarid knows that what prevents people from accepting his idea of peaceis
the memory of '48, so he wants to eradicate the memory. Thosewho were
there at the time remember what happened, and he can't change that,but he
can poison children in the schools and do it that way. This isa very old
leftist idea, used by Hitler too, that people's idea of life is formedby
history and their experience and that of their parents. Saridwishes to
change what people think by changing what they know of their history."
RM: "This is clearly a very dangerous situation. People like you,who were
there, must speak up."
Prof. Shinar: "Yes, I will speak up, and contact my friends, and write...
But it is truly up to Barak: Barak knows Sarid, and knows whathe's doing,
and if Barak does not stop him, then he is not fit to be a Prime Minister,
and his coalition must not allow him to do this.
[Ruth Matar thanked Prof. Shinar, and continued:]
AN AMERICAN VOLUNTEER'S VIEW
Our next guest is Col. Bill Lichtman, retired U.S. Air Force pilotwho
volunteered in Israel in 1948. What impressed me about Col. Lichtmanis
that he does not portray himself in a heroic mode, but simply saysthat
when he was approached by the Israelis to help in their desperate fight,he
said that he thought long and hard about it, because he was alreadytired
of war and he knew that his trip to Israel might be a one-way trip- but he
decided to do it anyway. Many of you listeners fell in love withthis
crusty old warrior the last time he was on our show…
Col. Lichtman: "I would just like to make a quick comment first,if I may:
I can't understand what drives these guys to try to rewrite historyand
compromise on the truth. Is it insecurity, Jewish self-hatred,guilt,
hostility, or what? They never give a thought to what it willdo to the
children in the schools… OK, regarding the war itself: This guysimply
doesn't know what he's talking about! We didn't have a militaryedge, or a
military supply line. There was an arms embargo from the US. We got our
arms in a very partisan manner, 'catch as catch can.' There wereguys who
walked around with suitcases with money, and they went wherever therewere
a couple of planes that they could get - Panama, Mexico, or wherever. The
embargo from the U.S. was very strictly enforced. If you gotcaught
smuggling a plane out of the U.S., you would have your passport takenaway…
Flying these WW2 planes to Israel from various corners of theworld was
very dangerous… The DC-3's that we had were usually used as cargoplanes -
we rigged them for war. We had bomb chuckers. An individual wasroped to
the bulkheads, and he would chuck the bombs out the door. Onlyafter a
while were they able to put regular bomb-releases under the wings..."
Lichtman continued to describe the difficulties that Israel faced in
procuring arms and putting together a fighting army while in the midstof
waging its defensive war of independence. "In short, everythingthis new
book says is not true, and it certainly was not as easy as he writes."
RM: "Thanks for being with us, Col. Lichtman, but most of all, thanksfor
being with us in 1948 in our hour of need… You and the othersmust speak up."
Col. Lichtman: "I do, and I write a lot, and I just want to say thatthis
book is a terrible insult to myself and to my colleagues who foughtat the
[Ruth Matar then read aloud several passages from the book written by
Naveh.] One passage stated that the PLO was established afterthe 1967
war's conquest of the territories and their two million Palestinian
inhabitants "which Israel refused to recognize as a national entity." This
is of course part of the Big Lie, because the Palestine Liberation
Organization was really founded in 1964 - what exactly were they tryingto
liberate at the time? The only "territories" at the time were the original
State of Israel - and that's what the PLO was trying to liberate!
In addition, Naveh gives the students the standard left-wing empathy
exercises: "Pretend you are an Egyptian soldier writing to his familyfrom
an Israeli prison," and "Pretend you are a woman refugee in a Gazanrefugee
camp conquered by Israel." It's very significant that in thiswhole
empathy exercise, nowhere are the students asked to pretend to be an
Israeli soldier writing home about how exalted he feels taking partin the
return to our Biblical lands that G-d has promised us in our Bible. This,
Naveh does not ask!
WHAT TO DO
Fellow Jews in Israel and the Diaspora! This is your problemas well! 60%
of Israel's students in the public school system will be indoctrinatedwith
these post-Zionist lies - and then if they don't regurgitate theselies on
their final exams and their Bagrut matriculation examinations, theywill
receive failing grades! School must be a place not only to learnfacts,
but also to be indoctrinated with a love for one's country and a spiritof
Zionism! A new generation could G-d forbid arise that doesn'tunderstand
why they must defend Eretz Yisrael! Why should they, if theyhave been
taught that it does not rightly belong to them!
This is not a small problem. The Jewish state is being destroyedfrom
within by the brainwashing of our children. You can stop thismadness by
calling or faxing Prime Minister Barak and making him aware of whatthe
Education Ministry is doing. His fax number is (972-2)566-4838, and his
phone number is (972-3) 670-5510. It is crucial that we raiseour voice on
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Ruth Matar is co-chairperson of the