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An Israeli recommendation to include Al-Aqsa Mosque in compulsory school tours

Jerusalem24 –The Israeli daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, reported today that the Education Committee in the Israeli Knesset recommended that the Israeli Ministry of Education include the “Al-Aqsa Mosque” as a part of compulsory school trips.

According to the newspaper, the committee also recommended integrating a compulsory unit of study about the “Al-Aqsa Mosque” in the history lessons in schools. Especially, after the subject appeared as a minor in different curricula, mainly as optional subjects.

The newspaper pointed out that the recommendation by the committee was taken last week, but it was published yesterday, a few days before the “Feast of Hanukkah.”

The committee had previously called for the “Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque issue” to be included in the high school certificate exams, and to encourage more student visits to it.

The committee set an 8-week period for the Israeli Ministry of Education to come up with the required conclusions and procedures, and also asked the Ministry of Internal Security to provide data on students’ visits and incursions to the Al-Aqsa in the past ten years within two weeks.

Representatives of the Israeli police participated in the session, and made it clear that there is nothing to prevent the implementation of the committee’s recommendations, but according to the instructions and directives that are being implemented.

The paper reported that the committee will meet to discuss the matter again in 7 weeks.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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