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bIn December 1979 Maariv carried an exposé of the grow- bing open hostility toward the state manifested in Arab govern- bment schools. It quoted an official of the Education Ministry: b“Political subjects are raised in class and teachers utter slogans bthat deny the very existence of the state. These are com- bmonplace occurrences.” The superintendents whose job it is to bcheck and prevent such incidents are themselves, in many cases, bin sympathy with the statements. Writes Maariv: “At a meeting bof superintendents three years ago, one said: ‘I am a Palestinian bArab and as such I will educate the children.’”

bAmong the incidents reported by Maariv:
 

bOn a trip to Jericho by a school in Araba, the teacher bshouted at two Bedouins serving in the Israeli army: “You bshould be ashamed of yourselves wearing those uniforms and bserving in the army as the Jews rob you of your land.”

bIn Rama, on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), a bteacher told his class, “Those Arabs who celebrate the Jewish bIndependence Day are traitors to their homeland.”

bOn Independence Day, 1977, as the Israeli flag was being braised, one teacher in Sakhnin said: “This flag raising is in hon- bor of the day of servitude and not of independence.” The same bday, in the village of Sha’ab, three teachers refused to rise for the bflag raising and asked others to do likewise.

bIn general, the flag has become the symbolic target of Is- braeli Arab teachers and students alike. In Tayba, one teacher brefuses to teach about the Israeli flag since “the two blue stripes bare symbols of the occupation and the desire to expand to the bNile and Euphrates.”

bOn June 18, 1978, students in Turan ripped the flag to bpieces. The principal admitted there had been similar incidents bin the past and apologized for not reporting them. According to bMaariv: “There have been cases of flag burning, the drawing of bthe PLO flag on blackboards, and hate-filled compositions. In bnone of these cases was there an adequate response by adminis- btration or faculty.”

bIn November 1978 Prime Minister Rabin visited Nazareth bto speak to high school students. The Arab students asked him bquestions that in both content and tone shocked the country. bSaid Maariv in an editorial: “If anyone thought that the pro- b 

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