New PA textbooks convey anti-Israel messages

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Palestinian Authority came out with new textbooks for 12th graders, teaching students that hating and working to destroy Israel is their religious duty.

The report published by Palestinian Media Watch was presented to the government’s Knesset Education Committee on Tuesday.

“Instead of seizing the opportunity to educate future generations to live with Israel in peace, the PA schoolbooks glorify terror and teach their children to hate Israel, vilify Israel’s existence and define the battle with Israel as an uncompromising religious war,” the report reads, adding that “the new PA curriculum is ingraining [hate] into the next generation’s consciousness, and packaging the war against Israel as existential, mandatory and religious.”

Until 2000, Palestinian Authority textbooks were reprinted Jordanian and Egyptian books focusing on Arab history rather than Palestinian. Since 2000, the PA has released its own textbooks, conveying anti-Israel messages. Even though there is new curriculum, “is a continuation of the tragic disappointment of the earlier books.”

The new schoolbooks are written by Fatah officials at the Center for Developing the Palestinian Curricula, which is directed by former PA minister of higher education Dr. Naim Abu Al-Humos and were formally released by the PA Ministry of Higher Education.

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