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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Iranian textbooks glorify jihad and martyrdom

In an op-ed published in The Washington Times last week, Nir Boms, Vice President of the Center for Freedom in the Middle East, discusses the alarming findings of an analysis of 115 Iranian textbooks and teaching materials conducted by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace.

The Iranian textbooks reveal the extremist regime’s shocking vision. They both foment hatred towards all western influence, and essentially encourage jihad and martyrdom through stories and poems that glorify martyrs.

A passage in a seventh-grade textbook indicative of this indoctrination reads, “Now, in order to continue the Islamic Revolution, it is our duty to continue with all power our revolt against the Arrogant Ones and the Oppressors, and not cease until all Islam's commandments and the spread of the redeeming message of ‘there is no God except Allah’ are realized in the whole world.”

Boms writes, “When Iran sent 36,000 school students to their deaths in Iraqi minefields in the 1980s, the boys shouted slogans praising martyrdom, believing that their death will bring them back to better life.”

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