Conflict and Reconciliation Motives in the Israeli Hebrew Literature Curriculum for the Arabic Junior High Schools in IsraelSara Zamir*
Ben-Gurion University in Eilat and Achva- Academic College of Education
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sara Zamir
Ben-Gurion University in Eilat and Achva- Academic College of Education, Israel
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Received date: 07/10/2015 Accepted date: 02/11/2015 Published date: 10/11/2015
The curriculum for Hebrew literature in the Arab sector (Arabic Junior high schools) was approved by the Minister of Education and Culture in 2008. Along with declared aims connected to the discipline itself, such as the usefulness of the Hebrew language and the beauty of its literature, the curriculum also includes specific ideological social and civic aims. These include acquiring knowledge about the cultural traditions of the Jewish people as well as developing consideration for their social and cultural sensitivities. The three anthologies based upon the very curriculum were published in 2009. The supposition of this research maintains that the literary curriculum does have the ability to achieve these social aims. The aim of the research was to examine how the corpus of Hebrew literature in the curriculum reflects the relationship between Arabs and Jews in Israel, as individuals and as representatives of different cultures and traditions especially concerning the issues of conflict and reconciliation. The findings, based upon combined qualitative content analysis tools, revealed that only a small part (12%) of the literary works in the three anthologies indeed dealt with matters of conflict and reconciliation. Most of those literary works avoid direct implications to the Arab-Israeli coexistence.