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Dear Anai & List, 'American' kids playing Soldiers? And Iraqi? Guess where else -surprise, surprise, Israel! Some time ago, I saw this brief article, which I then forwarded to Lynne Jones MP. The reason: a long story! - Don't forget to view the whole page (and sorry the pictures aren't included)! Greetings, Bert Gedin. >From: "Bert Gedin" <email@example.com> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >CC: email@example.com >Subject: Fwd: [JPN] Little Spartans >Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 12:29:03 +0000 > > >Lynne Jones, >MP for B'ham, Selly Oak. > >Dear Lynne Jones, > >Maybe the enclosed article would be of interest to you, reminding of the >very dangerous militarisation, taking place in the Middle East. > >Greetings, >Bert G., >Harborne, B'ham. > > >>From: "Jewish Peace News" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>To: "Jewish Peace News" <email@example.com> >>Subject: [JPN] Little Spartans >>Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 23:37:13 -0500 >> >>[The article below, including the pictures, was published in Ha’aretz on >>June 28, 2002. As far as I know it did not appear in the English version >>of >>the newspaper (the translation is mine). >> >> >> >>For years now (since 1999), the Israeli peace group New Profile >>(www.newprofile.org) has struggled against the militarization of Israeli >>society and repeatedly pointed out the dire consequences of the Israeli >>war-culture for Israelis (not to mention the Palestinians). Obviously, New >>Profile members got their work cut out for them. AK] >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>Up on the Jungle Gym, Charge! >> >>By Aviv Lavie >> >>[Ha’aretz, 6/28/02] >> >>http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=181315 >> >> >> >>Ms. A., a resident of Tel-Aviv, arrived at the graduation of the city-run >>kindergarten which her two daughters attended. It was all was very nice >>until the ceremony started. To her astonishment, she watched the teacher >>parade the children dressed in what seemed like IDF uniform and march them >>to and fro as they call out “left, right left,” and “attention!” or “at >>ease!” The military parade was accompanied by children singing at the top >>of their lungs: “Soldiers of Israel, march on and stay on guard, both day >>and night.” >> >> >> >>The kindergarten A.’s daughters attend is not the only one to have chosen >>to >>mark the end of the school year in this manner. At another kindergarten, >>in >>a small town near Tel-Aviv, the graduation ceremony included storming >>targets with (toy) swords. There too the children recited texts about >>their being fighters in the service of the state of Israel. A. says that >>she did not send her daughters to kindergarten so they will be turned into >>soldiers by the age of five. >> >> >> >>The spokesperson for the Tel-Aviv City Hall reports that it is not the >>superintendent of the city kindergartens who is the source of the >>militaristic spirit that dominates these graduation events, nor is any >>other official body. On the other hand, City Hall tends not to get >>involved >>in such cases: “This is not a phenomenon we are familiar with. The >>content >>of graduation ceremonies is jointly determined by the teachers and the >>parent association .” >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> > > > _________________________________________________________________ Internet access plans that fit your lifestyle -- join MSN. http://resourcecenter.msn.com/access/plans/default.asp _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk