Israeli schools to teach about fate of North African Jews during the Holocaust
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Israeli schools to teach about fate of North African Jews during the Holocaust

Curriculum to reinstate teaching of the persecution of Mizrahi communities in the Second World War

A photo taken in 1945 showing Holocaust survivors returning to Libya from Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen after the "Libyan Jews holocaust" (Wikipedia/Yad Vashem)
A photo taken in 1945 showing Holocaust survivors returning to Libya from Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen after the "Libyan Jews holocaust" (Wikipedia/Yad Vashem)

Israel has reinstated study of the Holocaust as part of a mandatory schools curriculum that will include the persecution of North African Jewry under the Nazis.

The Holocaust was removed four years as part of the mandatory program of study by former Education Minister Shai Piron, though teachers were allowed to assign the Holocaust as a research project. Academics and history teachers publicly criticised the move.

Former Education Minister Naftali Bennett reinstated the Holocaust as a mandatory subject shortly before he was fired from his position in early June by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ynet reported.

Netanyahu’s current pick for Education Minister, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, decided to include in the curriculum the experience of North African, or Mizrahi, Jews during the Holocaust.

The material will be studied in the 12th grade and will be part of the national matriculation exam, Ynet reported.

“For years, the story of Jews living in Muslim countries under the Nazi occupation has been absent from our discourse,” Peretz said in a statement. “The painful stories of thousands of Jews who were sent to concentration camps and forced to participate in the death marches.”

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