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Parents Call Textbook Anti-Semitic

Ed52 Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 8:29 PM
One Semitic group bombs another Semitic group - which one is anti-Semitic? Words used to have objective meaning within a range of specificity. The out of context extract could be anti-Jewish or anti-Israel but not anti-Semitic. Or, we could agree with Carroll's Humpty Dumpty : "When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."

The Jewish Federation of Nashville and a group of outraged parents are calling for a school district to pull a high school textbook they believe promotes bias against Israel.

The book, The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, is used in Advanced Placement classes in Williamson County, south of Nashville.

A section titled, “Terrorism by Individuals and Organizations,” asks students to ponder the following question:

“If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?”

“That is blatantly anti-Semitic,” said...