It is no secret that the Palestinian education system continues to demonize Israel and the Jews. It is also no secret that the UN, and especially the UN Relief and Works Agency set up specifically to cater to "Palestinian refugees," has no love for the Jewish state. But for the internationally-funded UNRWA to be teaching Arab kids living in Jerusalem using the tainted Palestinian Authority textbooks is a travesty Western power brokers are simply ignoring in their march to a phony peace.
Israeli investigative journalist David Bedein discovered the use of the inciting Palestinian textbooks while checking up on two UNRWA-run schools on the eastern side of Jerusalem. He found that just like kids in Ramallah and other PA-controlled towns, Arab children in Jerusalem are being taught that those who massacre Jews in suicide bombings are "martyrs" and that all the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean are "stolen Palestinian lands" that must be liberated by blood.
"These books discuss war against Israel, martyrs, the right of return. It's the first education system since the Third Reich which prepares its pupils to demonize Jews and to wage war against the Jews," Bedein said in an interview with Arutz 7 radio.
UNRWA is primarily funded by the United States and the European Union. That it is using its funding to buy and teach from textbooks that encourage the use of terrorist violence is a violation of US, and perhaps European, laws. It also runs contrary to toothless demands by American and European leaders that the Palestinians reform their education system to promote peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews.
Then-US Senator Hillary Clinton said of the textbooks in 2007:
"I believe that education is one of the keys to lasting peace in the Middle East... Ever since we first raised this issue some years ago there still has not been an adequate repudiation of incitement by the Palestinian Authority. It is even more disturbing that the problem appears to have gotten worse. These textbooks don't give Palestinian children an education, they give them an indoctrination."
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