A positive sign in the Middle East:



The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan plans to release new textbooks for the 2004-05 school year that will distinguish between terrorism and armed resistance, a longstanding formula many Arab leaders have used to justify suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. The announcement yesterday comes as two other Arab states, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, are planning changes in their curricula to respond to criticism from America and other Western nations that many schools in the Islamic world spread intolerance and fail to prepare their students for the 21st-century economy.


…Until 2000, most Palestinian schools used Jordanian and Egyptian textbooks.These materials often praised martyrdom and drew maps of Palestine that obliterate Israel. [NY Sun]


Now if only someone would educate Reuters. [Hat Tip: Paul Blair]

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