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Sabri Saidam
Sabri Saidam is the PA Minister of Education and Higher Education. He was elected to the Fatah Central Committee at the 7th Fatah Conference during  November 2016.
UNRWA official at meeting with PA Education Minister: “There is not any incitement in the [Palestinian] schoolbooks” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 28, 2018
Headline: “UNRWA: There is no incitement in the Palestinian schoolbooks”
    “UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) Director in Jerusalem [and the West Bank] Scott Anderson emphasized that there is not any incitement in the [Palestinian] schoolbooks. He emphasized that these schoolbooks establish the love of knowledge, life, and creation within the students, and that they do not incite as the Israeli occupation claims. This was said during a meeting that was held today [May 28, 2018] between Anderson and [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education [and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam at the [PA] Ministry [of Education] building. The two sides discussed ways of strengthening the cooperation in order to serve the Palestinian educational sector – particularly in the shadow of the war that the occupation is waging against this sector, and in the shadow of the pressures that are being exerted on UNRWA through cutting the financial aid that is given to it (refers to the US cutting funding to UNRWA; see note below –Ed.)...”

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PA Education Minister denies Israeli charges of incitement in PA schoolbooks; claims Israeli schoolbooks “call for violence and murder”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2018
Headline: “Saidam briefs a Finnish minister about the status of the education…”
       “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education, [Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, and Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam briefed F innish Minister for [Foreign] Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen and members of her entourage regarding the status of the educational sector in Palestine. [He also briefed them] on the challenges and difficulties that the educational sector is dealing with due to the steps of the occupation, which is waging an incitement campaign against it, and particularly against the schoolbooks… Saidam emphasized that the [PA] Ministry [of Education] is showing great interest in taking additional steps of development in the field of education, in a way that will ensure the improvement of its quality and implementation, and in utilizing the Finnish support for initiatives whose goal is promoting this essential sector. He refuted the claims of the occupation and its incessant campaign, according to which there is incitement in the Palestinians’ schoolbooks. Saidam again emphasized that the occupation’s schoolbooks are the ones that call for violence and murder, which is proven by the crimes that the occupation soldiers are committing against the Palestinian people… He gave the minister a booklet documenting the incitement in the occupation state’s schoolbooks.”
Finland grants 3 million euros in aid to the PA education sector 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 26, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education signs an agreement with Finland granting additional aid to the educational sector”
     “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam signed a cooperation agreement today (Thursday) [April 26, 2018] with Representative of Finland in Palestine Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, according to which Finland will grant the Palestinian educational sector 3 million euros of additional aid through support for the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s strategic development plan…
Saidam emphasized that this agreement proves that Finland is making sure to support the educational sector in Palestine. He expressed his appreciation for this strategic support, which helps the ministry implement its strategic plans whose goal is to bring about a significant boost in the field of education. Heikkinen… emphasized Finland’s commitment to continue this support in a way that will contribute to the development of this crucial sector and the improvement of its performance.”
PA Education Minister: Israel’s accusation of incitement in the PA schoolbooks is an “outright lie;” PA and UK continue cooperation in education  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2018
Headline: “Saidam to the British consul-general: Israel’s accusing the Palestinian curricula of incitement is an outright lie”
      “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam said that the Palestinian curricula are open for everyone to check, and that Israel’s accusing them of incitement is an outright lie. While meeting yesterday [April 3, 2018] with British Consul-General in Jerusalem Philip Hall at the ministry building in Ramallah, Saidam said that Israel always refuses investigations of its own curricula . He added that the incitement against the Palestinian education system and the national curricula in particular is one of the characteristics of the occupation, something that many international – and even Israeli – studies have exposed and dealt with. Saidam again emphasized that the Palestinian curricula include human and national content. He called on the international media bodies that are interested in education to pay attention to the occupation state’s curricula, to examine their content, and to check the stereotypes and incitement materials that they contain. The British consul expressed his country’s support for the education [system] and for broadening the horizons of cooperation through many joint programs and initiatives, which attests to education’s role and mission in developing and advancing societies.”
Fatah Facebook posts image of young girl with key to promote right of return 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 29, 2018

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a young girl with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) on her head and a Palestinian flag on her right shoulder, holding a key that symbolizes the “right of return” of the Palestinian refugees.

Text on image at top left:
"March 30
Land Day"

Text on image at top right:
"#Returning"

Text on image at bottom:
"The right of return –
There is no retreat from it"

Posted text: "The right of return – there is no retreat from it"

Land Day – annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and building purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
Educational responsibility to return glory to fighting Palestinian women such as terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi, says PA school principal 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 19, 2018
      “The El-Bireh High School for Girls yesterday [March 18, 2018] celebrated the opening of The Al-Yasser Cultural Forum and the unveiling of a wall display that tells the life story of late [PA] President Yasser Arafat. This was in the presence of [PA] Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Fatah Movement Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen… and school principal Nida Abd Rabbo…
Minister Saidam said… that the Israelis are accusing the Palestinian curriculum of incitement to murder, but we call for life and love. Muhaisen… expressed joy over what he heard from the female students regarding the history and life story of late leader Yasser Arafat…
Abd Rabbo spoke about the idea to establish the forum and the goals it hopes to achieve. She said: ‘Its goal is to strengthen the affiliation with Palestine and its history, and to adhere to the Palestinian identity, because this is a great educational responsibility. The forum’s goal is also to return the glory to the fighting Palestinian girls and women such as Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) and others who sacrificed their lives for Palestine, and also to provide information and knowledge to these female students during recesses, and to engage in drawing, recycling, agriculture, and other works and ideas that can contribute to strengthening the affiliation with the school, city, homeland, and [Palestinian] cause.’”
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PA Education Ministry: Israel is “distorting” the PA curriculum, as part of “racist plans” to “occupy the collective consciousness and harm the Palestinian historical narrative” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2018
         “The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education condemned the occupation municipality in Jerusalem for distorting the Palestinian [PA] curriculum, and said that this act is a despicable crime of forgery.
It emphasized that the religious ruling issued by the Palestinian Dar Al-Ifta (lit. house of religious rulings, the office of the PA Mufti of Jerusalem –Ed.) on Sept. 20, 2017, which bans teaching the Israeli curriculum in the Palestinian schools in Jerusalem, is valid to this day. On the same matter, the ministry emphasized that it will thwart any attempt and policy whose goal is to distort the curricula… and will thwart all of the racist plans whose goal is to occupy the collective consciousness and harm the Palestinian historical narrative… [PA Minister of Education and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Dr. Sabri] Saidam noted that the distortion of the national curricula in Jerusalem by removing several lessons and pictures and manipulating the contents again reveals the occupation authorities’ intentions, and their attempts to deprive the young generations of their national history and culture.”

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PA Education Minister: Israel is carrying out “brutal incitement campaign” against the PA curriculum; puts pressure [led by PMW] on donors regarding changing names of schools named after terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Education and the Accountability for Violence Against Children Association completed [the project] For a Secure Palestinian Childhood"
        "[PA Minister of Education and Higher Education and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Sabri] Saidam emphasized the significance of this project, which is taking place at the same time as the incessant Israeli attack against [Palestinian] education in general, and against the Palestinian curricula in particular. He emphasized that the one that should be held responsible is the occupation, which has murdered hundreds of children and students… Yesterday, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education… [also] honored a group of male and female principals of schools that take initiative and excel, with the participation of Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam… Saidam spoke about the brutal incitement campaign that the occupation is leading against the education sector, and particularly about the targeting of the Palestinian curricula. He noted the pressures that the occupation is attempting to exert on the donors, especially in the matter of changing the names of the [PA] schools."

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PA Education Minister presents student with honorary plaque featuring map of “Palestine” that erases Israel 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Feb. 8, 2018

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “A morning of creativity and saying farewell to the female students Razan Shouman and Tala Shbeita, who will represent Palestine in the annual Arabic speech contest, and a morning of honoring blind female student Tala Khader for her excellence in the field of poetry.”

The image shows PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam presenting blind female student Tala Khader with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. Along the map is written: “My homeland Palestine”

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Map hanging on wall in PA school presents all of Israel and the PA areas as “Palestine” 
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Feb. 8, 2018

Images posted on the Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education

The image shows PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam in a classroom of the new Sheikh Ali Al-Shadhili Al-Karaki School in Hebron. Hanging on a wall in the upper right of the image is the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Sabri Saidam also holds the following positions: Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary, and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology
PA Education Minister: UK supports PA education, Israel is “Israelizing and Judaizing the education” in Jerusalem  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Headline: “Saidam: Britain has again supported education in Palestine”
     “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam said that Britain has again committed to supporting education in Palestine through several plans and projects whose goal is to advance this essential sector.
This was said during Minister Saidam’s visit with British Minister of [State for the Department for International] Development Alistair Burt in London yesterday [Jan. 23, 2018]…
He explained that in the meeting the ways of supporting education in Jerusalem were also discussed, particularly in the shadow of the brutal attack to which it is being subjected and the incessant violations against this sector: the arrest of children, students, and educators, and the corruption of the collective national identity by targeting the Palestinian schoolbooks, distorting them, inciting against them, and Israelizing and Judaizing the education.”

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PA Minister of Education calls Jesus “the authentic Palestinian”  
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Dec. 25, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “To the authentic Palestinian, Jesus, and to the members of the [Palestinian] people – happy holidays”

The image shows a drawing of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) around his neck.

Text on image in English: “Made in Palestine"

Sabri Saidam also holds the following positions: Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary, and President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology.
PA Minister of Education posts image map of “Palestine” erasing Israel with image of Dome of the Rock 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Dec. 21, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education and Higher Education, Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary, and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology Dr. Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “A capital in a homeland for a homeland in a capital”

The image shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. Inside the PA map appears a picture of Jerusalem showing the Dome of the Rock with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre seen behind it.
Text on image: “#Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine”

The map comes in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below –Ed.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
PA Education Minister holds plaque with map of “Palestine” erasing Israel  
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Nov. 29, 2017
Images posted on the Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education

The images show PA Minister of Education and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Sabri Saidam inaugurating the Jinsafut School for Boys in Qalqilya on Nov. 29, 2017.

In the image Saidam is seen holding an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.


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UK gives 20 million pounds annually in aid to PA general budget 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 25, 2017
Headline: “Saidam: Britain has decided to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds to support the [PA] general budget”
        “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education, [Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, and Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam announced today (Saturday) [Nov. 25, 2017] that Britain has agreed to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds, which is allocated to support the [PA] general budget of Palestine. Part of it will be allocated for the education [sector], as an affirmation of [Britain’s] commitment to support this sector and efforts to develop it and improve its accomplishments.
This was said during a phone call that Saidam received from B ritish Minister [of State for the Department for] International Development Alistair Burt. Saidam emphasized that the donors’ continued support for the education [sector] proves the confidence in the Palestinian [PA] education system, its efficiency, and its ability to record quality achievements.
He emphasized the importance of continuing this aid, whose goal is to support the education [sector], particularly in the fields that contribute to strengthening the education system.”
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Poster at event in PA school features map of “Palestine” that erases Israel 
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Nov. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education

Posted text:
“The [PA] Ministry of Education marks Keffiyeh (Arab headdress) Day in its schools through events inside the homeland and outside of it.”

In the image a girl is seen singing into a microphone, and to the right a poster is visible hanging on the railing of a school. The poster features the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

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Rifle appears in wall mural at PA school in Nablus 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Nov. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “An evening of the keffiyeh (Arab headdress) of the free people on Keffiyeh Day at our schools inside and outside the homeland, a clear national holiday that we experienced together at the schools of beloved Nablus, and here are the pictures:”

The image shows a wall mural at a PA school in Nablus. The mural includes a drawing of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat wearing a keffiyeh. On the mural is written: “The keffiyeh unites us,” and at the start of the word “keffiyeh” appears a drawing of an AK-47 assault rifle (marked by an arrow) .
PA Education Minister denies incitement in Palestinian schoolbooks, says Palestinians won’t “accept conditions that deviate from the identity of the Palestinian struggle” from donors 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) decision to support education in “Palestine” following Israel’s activities in the field of education in Jerusalem in the last two years, hosting PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam

PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam: “You know this [PA] government, our Palestinian government of course, is justly deserving of being called the education government, as this subject greatly occupies it in its work and it truly attaches importance to this matter, as recently this discussion about incitement has increased. Let us examine matters – praise Allah, Israel after 20 years or more, [throughout] the years of the PA, has today exposed that there is something called incitement? It talks about our curricula – today you [Israelis] discovered that there is incitement in our curricula? [Israel] talks about naming schools after Martyrs (Shahids), and it tries to pressure us through the donors to change the names of the schools… Therefore, we are clear on this position. First, there is no neglect , leniency, or concession. We appreciate the donors’ money and are proud of everybody that supports us, but we will not accept conditions that deviate from the identity of the Palestinian struggle... We are the sons of Martyrs, prisoners, [and] injured, and are proud of our path of struggle. This is our liberation project.”

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Belgian representative participates in inauguration of PA school funded by EU 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 18, 2017
       "[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam today, Wednesday [Oct. 18, 2017], inaugurated Defiance 6 Co-ed Elementary School in the Wadi Al-Sik area, east of the village of Deir Debwan in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district – and this was funded by the European Union.
Participating in the opening were District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Representative of the Belgian [Development] Cooperation Institution Eric De Muynck, Director of International Relations and Public Relations in the [PA] Ministry of Education Nadim Sami, Director of the Ramallah and El-Bireh Directorate of Education (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) Bassem Erekat, and representative of the Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Abdallah Abu Rahma.'"
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In a photo, Representative of the Belgian Development Cooperation Institution Eric De Muynck is seen at the event (3rd from left) standing next to PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam. (4th and 5th from left)

 

 
PA Education Minister praises school for being an “honorable example of defiance… against the occupation and its policy of Judaization" whose goal is "to erase [Palestinians’] national identity and their cultural heritage” 
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA government, Sept. 14, 2017

Text and pictures posted on the PA Ministry of Education Facebook page

Posted text:
“[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam emphasized that Jub Al-Dhib School has constituted an honorable example of defiance and resolve against the occupation and its policy of Judaization and racism whose goal is to uproot the Palestinians from their land and to erase their national identity and their cultural heritage.”
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