A few days ago AT publicized the distortions and misrepresentations of what and how students are taught about Islam and the Arab world, based on a curriculum by organizations financed by Saudi Arabia. This curriculum was publicized in a New York Sun editorial based on findings from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), a media news gathering service for Jewish papers.
In response Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute attacks those who dare question the curriculum, rather than addressing the disputed content of the curriculum itself and the valid concerns of the editorial and the JTA findings.
Saudi Arabia is under attack again, with critics going to new lengths to not only portray the Kingdom as hostile to the US, but to smear any groups and individuals who have even remote connections with Saudis.
A new study on what American school children are being taught about Islam and Arab history produced by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) demonstrates the dangerous direction taken by this assault. Arguing that 'teaching programs funded by Saudi Arabia (are making) their way into elementary and secondary classrooms', the JTA report attacks any and all materials being proposed to help broaden understanding of Arabs and Islam in the US.
Well, judge for yourself. Here, here, here and here is the entire JTA report; rather than smearing people and organizations the JTA has facts and details, examples and references.
Perhaps that is what Dr. Zobgy finds so disturbing. Certainly we haven't heard the end of this matterhere, here, here, here, here
Ethel C. Fenig 11 04 05