A campaign update: Recently The Rebel started a petition at StopTheIndoctrination.com. In our sights was a Grade 6 social studies textbook called “Canada and the Global Community.”
While the textbook is listed on Ontario’s Trillium List in reality, it included anti-Israel propaganda which stated that child soldiers have been used in Israel.
As I pointed out in my last video, that claim is categorically false.
While Israel’s enemies such as Hamas DO use children in combat, the Israel Defence Force has a minimum age for enlistment pegged at 18 (a global standard among civilized nations).
In our petition, we asked that Nelson Books Limited (the publishers of this textbook) amend the respective sections — and they have done just that.
According to a widely distributed letter addressed to schools that utilize the book, the Senior Publisher at Nelson admits:
“The State of Israel should not have been included in this listing in the first place, as it does not employ child soldiers.”
Nelson goes on to “apologize for any confusion," and promises to “remove “Israel” from the text… in future printings," recommending that schools “make a notation of [the] error in the book so that students and teachers alike may not be ill informed.”
I want to personally thank every Rebel supporter who added their name to this petition, as well as the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for their role in ensuring young minds in this province are being nourished with facts, not fiction; and education— not indoctrination.