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Saudi 'Anti-Semitic' Curriculum Taught To Thousands Of Students In UK

Thousands of students in after-school and weekend programs in Britain are being taught the Saudi national curriculum. A curriculum that includes things like:

One of the text books asks children to list the "reprehensible" qualities of Jewish people. A text for younger children asks what happens to someone who dies who is not a believer in Islam - the answer given in the text book is "hellfire".

The textbooks, used at more than 40 Saudi Students' Schools and Clubs across the UK, were obtained by the BBC program Panorama. An estimated 5,000 young students attend the schools. The Saudi Embassy in Britain denied any connection with the schools, but the director of the schools and clubs confirmed to Panorama that the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau does have authority over them.

The British Education Minister Michael Gove said:

Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country. I have no desire or wish to intervene in the decisions that the Saudi government makes in its own education system. But I'm clear that we cannot have antisemitic material of any kind being used in English schools.

The texts also teach that the penalty for being Gay is death. The full program will be aired tonight on the BBC.

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