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ERIC Number: EJ796177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Political Conflict Confronted through Prison Education: A Case Study of Israeli Teachers Working with Palestinian Prisoners
Ben-Tsur, Dalia
Journal of Correctional Education, v58 n2 p108-128 Jun 2007
This paper explores a unique and controversial case of Israeli English-language teachers working with Palestinian inmates incarcerated in prisons around Israel for involvement in terrorist activity against Israelis. This phenomenon is profoundly complex as the prisoners in question have been convicted of terrorist crimes against Israeli soldiers and civilians. The teachers who enter the prisons to teach these inmates therefore in effect belong to the group targeted in the terrorist activity. This paper explores the Israeli teachers' perceptions of the inmates, the teachers' perceptions of the value of education for these prisoners and how these perceptions influence their decisions to go in to the prisons to assist these students with their academic studies. Beyond offering an understanding of the interplay between political confrontation and prison education in Israel, this paper opens up a discussion surrounding the increasingly relevant issue of prison education of Islamic terrorists worldwide and raises a number of questions regarding educational programmes for this particular prison population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel; Palestine