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The Palestinian Authority launched a new school curriculum in 2018.

By Tsvi Sadan |
Photo: Marcus Sheff

Israel Today met with Marcus Sheff, CEO of the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), to learn more about it. IMPACT-se has been monitoring school curricula around the world for 20 years, utilizing methodologies based on UNESCO standards for peace and tolerance. According to Sheff, the Palestinians not only fail to meet UNESCO standards, their new curriculum is more radical, and more antisemitic, than the previous one created after the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Israel Today: Using UNESCO standards, are you reaching the same conclusions as other Israeli organizations monitoring Palestinian school textbooks, that they are increasingly radical? Sheff: Yes. The conclusions are inescapable. In 2016, they started creating a completely new curriculum with the help of European countries. This curriculum is more radical than the previous one. There are three important things in it. First, the absence of peace as a way to resolve the conflict. Second, they removed previous mentions of a historical Jewish presence in the land. Third, the intense radicalization of the new curriculum in relation to jihad and martyrdom. You see...

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