Israeli Law Bars Leftist Groups From Organising Talks At Schools

Israeli Law Bars Leftist Groups From Organising Talks At SchoolsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talking at a Jewish kindergarten in 2012 (Gali Tibbon - Pool/Getty Images)

A new law passed by Israeli parliament has empowered the education minister to bar leftist groups from giving talks in Isreali schools, Reuters has reported. The law has been criticised as an attempt to curb free speech and delegitimise rights groups in Israel. The law has been dubbed as 'Break The Silence', which refers to a group that collects anonymous evidence from Israeli soldiers from conflict zones.

The group has been accused of defaming the Israeli army abroad by the education minister  of Israel. The group has also been accused of putting officials and soldiers at risk of investigation of alleged war crimes.

“Anyone who wanders around the world attacking IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers, will not enter a school,” the Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement. Several Israeli right wing groups have been critical of the 'Break The Silence' group. The law was passed with 43 votes for and 24 votes against in 120 seat Knesset (Israeli parliament).

“After the religionization comes the silencing: Minister of Education Naftali Bennett is so afraid of Breaking the Silence that he passed a law to silence the occupation. Bennett wants to settle in the classrooms of the state education system and teach his doctrine, as he expressed it in the media: It is justified to shoot at eight-year-old Palestinian children, but it is forbidden to evacuate settlers from their homes.” the organisation has responded to the law as per Arutz Sheva.

Indian education system has been heavily influenced by leftist ideologues. Right from textbook committees to public 'intellectuals' the influence of the left has inflicted far reaching damage on India's youth. Though right wing groups have protested against the leftist bias in Indian education, the government has not taken any action. India can take a cue from Israeli law to cleanup the education sector.