Don’t ask. Lebanese schools won’t tell!Franklin Lamb
During a workshop at the American University of Beirut last year on the subject of the right to work and to purchase a home for Palestinian refugees, a young business major from the Christian village of Bikerki posed a question that surprised some in the audience: “Why if Palestinian don’t like it in Lebanon do they not go home? Why did they even bother coming here in the first place?”
Sari Hanafi, a Palestinian professor of sociology at the American University of Beirut, says a unified history curriculum is necessary. “I think in terms of social identity it’s important for the Lebanese to have a shared narrative which also highlights their differences. We hold absolutely different visions of Lebanon. We should admit this, and admit our own limitations.” Hanafi continues, “There should be no vote (the content of history textbooks) by the council of ministers or the parliament... It should be defined and approved by a committee of historians and that’s it.”
|Nahr al-barid - Lebanon|
| “Whoever wants to rediscover his humanity has to see |
the living conditions in Palestinian camps in Lebanon”
Minister Faour told Lebanon’s Parliament.
|How Palestine Became Israel|
“For more than six decades”, she wrote: “the Zionist colonial enterprise that still occupies Palestine, falsely claimed that the Palestinians left their farms and homes because they were ordered to do so by Arab governments in order to clear the way for a massive Arab army that would soon throw the Jews into the sea.
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Nasser during 1948 war
The myth that the Israelis were few and fought with sparse weapons against many well equipped Arab armies was only true in Hollywood’s “Exodus Fantasy.” The number of Arab armies participating went down during the war.
Franklin Lamb is doing research in Lebanon. He is reachable c\o email@example.com
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