Austrian news magazine reports of a Vienna school board investigation of a private institution known as ‘Saudi School’, for teaching what the magazine calls “a smorgasbord of conspiracy theories & incitement against Jews, Israelis & divergent Muslims.”
By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
A private school in Vienna geared toward Middle Eastern immigrants known as the Saudi School is currently under investigation for reportedly teaching anti-Semitism in a history class.
The probe is linked to a report in the Austrian magazine News earlier this month.
The magazine reviewed the Saudi School’s history textbooks and reported that they contained a “smorgasbord of conspiracy theories and incitement against Jews, Israelis and divergent trends in Islam.”
According to News, a textbook says in Arabic that “the Freemasons were a secret, subversive Jewish organization, which aimed to secure Jewish control of the world.”
Vienna school board official Matias Meissner said Monday that the board is looking into the allegations. A woman who answered the phone at the school refused to comment.
According to reports, the school is now required to provide authorities with certified German translations of all its teaching materials for review.
The school could lose its status as a recognized educational institution if the allegations are proved.
An Austrian news website explained that the Saudi School is run by the Saudi government and is not a religious institution. All lessons are taught in Arabic and follow the Saudi curriculum. However, the school must still comply with statutes set by the Austrian Education Ministry, and anti-Semitism and incitement are against Austrian law.
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