Committee formed to end incitement in PA textbooks

Thursday, May 29, 2008 |  staff writer

The Palestinian Authority has formed a committee to deal with incitement against Israel and Jews found in Palestinian textbooks. The initiative is part of the final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The committee is headed by Daniel Taub, former minister and Sufian Abu Zaida, a senior Fatah official. Taub and Zaida submitted their recent work, on “peace culture,” to Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Foreign Minister Ahmed Queria who met for peace talks.

A team of experts is expected to examine Palestinian textbooks and prepare a list of comments and requests for changing the content. The goal is to remove content that incites to violence or displays a lack of tolerance on national and religious grounds.

“We do not give out details from the negotiating room, and according to understandings with the PA, no issue is completed until everything has been agreed upon,” the foreign minister's bureau said.

Since the Wye River Memorandum in 1998 Palestinians and Israel had planned on meeting to discuss the prevention of incitement, but nothing evolved from this political agreement.

Palestinian textbooks have encouraged violence and terrorism against Israel and do not include Israel on world maps.

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