Israeli education and the Apartheid in South Africa: ongoing insights

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Focusing on education policy and politics in Israel, this essay examines how ethnic segregation is established and sheds light on the latest curricular developments that place a heavy emphasis on Jewish identity. The first part of the paper underscores the rising influence of the radical right in Israel and it’s political theology. The second part presents the Apartheid education in South Africa. In doing so, this part underscores the roles of segregation and religion in establishing a justificatory system that legitimises racial superiority and presents Apartheid education as ‘civilising’ and ‘modernising’. In the third part, the paper discusses how segregation and religious-ethnonationalism make up an apartheid-like reality in Israel, focusing on recent curricular policies. The final part presents concluding thoughts on racism and colonialism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-235
Number of pages18
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2018

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  • Apartheid
  • Education policy
  • Israel-Palestine
  • South Africa
  • religious-ethnonationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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