'A consortium of state and national Israel advocacy groups has sent a detailed set of requested changes to textbooks and teaching guides used in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Requested changes include:
- Deletion of references to Israel "occupying" territories captured during the 1967 Six-Day War and substituting "controlled." International conventions clearly outline the responsibility of occupying powers and the illegality of collective punishment and population transfers.
- Changes to maps to recognize Israel's declared "annexation" of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The U.S. and most other countries do not officially recognize Israeli annexation of either territory.
- Substitution of references to "occupied territories" to "captured areas."
- Substitution of references to "Jewish settlers" and "settlements" with "building of homes and communities."
- Deletion of a lesson reviewing a video documentary by Iranian-American religious studies scholar, author, producer and television host Reza Aslan.
- Deletion of an activity based on reading the biography and work of Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi.
- Substitution of an editorial cartoon titled "The Mideast Peace Game Rules" with a cartoon of an Arab suicide terrorist holding a "Road Map to Peace" game hostage.
California-based Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS) proposed changes were submitted to the Virginia Department of Education on February 28 on behalf of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) of Richmond, and the JCRC of Tidewater.'
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