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In 2006, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Higher Education introduced new 12th grade schoolbooks written by Palestinian educators who were appointed by the Fatah leadership. PMW reviewed these books and found that they make no attempt to educate for peace or coexistence with Israel. Instead Israel's right to exist is adamantly denied and the Palestinian war against Israel is presented as an eternal religious battle for Islam.

At a press conference releasing the PMW report in the US Senate building in February 2007, then US Senator Hillary Clinton said:
“These textbooks do not give Palestinian children an education; they give them an indoctrination. When we viewed this [PMW] report in combination with other media [from other PMW reports] that these children are exposed to, we see a larger picture that is disturbing. It is disturbing on a human level, it is disturbing to me as a mother, it is disturbing to me as a United States Senator, because it basically, profoundly poisons the minds of these children.”
 

In 2013, the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land released a report on Palestinian and Israeli schoolbooks. That report concluded that incitement exists on both sides, albeit less on the Israeli side. PMW director Itamar Marcus criticized that report in an op-ed published in JPost entitled "The Whitewashing of Hate."

In July 2015, PMW prepared a comprehensive report on Palestinian Authority ‎education. It includes chapters on names of schools (dozens named after terrorists), ‎school activities (e.g., visiting homes of terrorists), statements and activities of ‎educators (e.g., presenting murderers as role models and promising a world without ‎Israel), schoolbooks, informal education (children reciting poems on kids' TV programs: ‎e.g., Jews are monkeys and pigs; Tel Aviv is "occupied Palestine"), and a chapter with ‎examples of honoring Hitler.‎
 
PLO official attacks “policy of Judaizing the education and Israelizing the curricula that the occupation state is implementing” in Jerusalem 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 27, 2018
    “Head of the PLO Department of Education and Higher Education [and Teaching] and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ali Abu Zuhri… commented on the suffering befalling the education system – and particularly in Jerusalem – in light of the occupation’s actions, and demanded to support the education institutions in Jerusalem and to come out against the policy of Judaizing the education and Israelizing the curricula that the occupation state is implementing.”
PA Education Minister: Israeli accusation that PA schoolbooks incite is “a lie and a falsehood,” Israeli curriculum incites against Palestinians and attempts to “erase their history and geography” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2018
Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Education: Israel is continuing to incite against our education system”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education emphasized that Israel is continuing to incite against the Palestinian education system… During his meeting with European Parliament member Eider Gardiazabal Rubial… [PA] Minister [of Education Sabri Saidam] briefed the parliament member on the occupation’s violations and its wild attack against the Palestinian schoolbooks… Saidam reemphasized that everyone is welcome to examine the Palestinian schoolbooks, and noted that Israel is the first and foremost inciter against the [PA] education. He added that its accusation, according to which the national schoolbooks incite, is a lie and a falsehood. Saidam called on everyone to examine the Israeli schoolbooks in order to understand the scope of the incitement against the Palestinians and the attempt to erase their history and geography.”
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: Israeli actions against PA curriculum and education in East Jerusalem are “a blatant violation of human rights”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2018
        "During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [May 22, 2018] in the government headquarters in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah… the government discussed the national plan to support education in Jerusalem, whose goal is to deal with all of the policies and steps of the occupation meant to Israelize the education, which are expressed by the allocation of large budgets for an Israeli government five-year plan to impose the Israeli curriculum, harm the Arabic language, and prevent the renovation and maintenance of schools and classrooms. The government expressed its strong condemnations and opposition to the Israelization plan and the attempts to harm the elements of the Palestinian national identity. It also emphasized that the Israeli acts and steps against the Palestinian schools and education in the holy city [of Jerusalem] are a blatant violation of human rights, as international law requires the occupation authorities to protect the character of the education and the identity and citizenship of the people under occupation..."

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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.”
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.”
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 Deputy Education Minister: Israel is attacking the Palestinian curriculum, by claiming that it educates kids to hate 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 11, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Israeli opposition to the PA school curriculum, hosting PA Deputy Minister of Education Dr. Basri Saleh

PA Deputy Minister of Education Dr. Basri Saleh: “We have witnessed attacks since the first day the national curriculum began with us in 2000. These attacks have continued, and they also have always had political goals that strive to harm the Palestinian political rule and the Palestinian people, and to sully the name of the Palestinian education system – as you said – with the claim that the system educates the Palestinian children to hate, and also attempts to sow within them something that could lead them to terror in the future, and that it also attempts to erase from the map that which is called ‘Israel,’ or what they think needs to be clear in the minds of the Palestinians, and likewise other topics that have been really prominent in all the reports that the Israelis have presented to the world, and through which they have attempted to spread this biased propaganda against the Palestinian education system in general, and against the conduct of the teachers… They are attempting as much as possible to present a fake picture, while completely ignoring how they are poisoning their own children.”
PA Ministry of Education establishes task force dedicated to “defending the national schoolbooks from the incitement and slander campaigns that the occupation is waging”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education has established a crisis team to repel the occupation’s attack against the schoolbooks”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education has announced the establishment of a crisis management team that includes the Ministry of Education, the [PLO] National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science, the Teacher’s Union, the [Palestinian] Journalists’ Syndicate, and the National Committee for Education Reform, in order to repel the attack of the occupation and its supporters against the schoolbooks... At this meeting, means for defending the national schoolbooks from the incitement and slander campaigns that the occupation is waging were examined. [Deputy Minister of Education] Saleh emphasized the role of these partner institutions, their pivotal influence, and their cooperation with the Ministry of Education in order to repel the malicious attack that the occupation and its supporters are waging in order to harm the national schoolbooks and attempt to portray them as having an inciting nature. He also again emphasized that the occupation and its injustice are nothing but the product of its schoolbooks and education.”

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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 government rejects US review of Palestinian schoolbooks, purpose of curriculum is to “strengthen the content of national and historical identity,” not promote terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2018
      “During its weekly meeting that was held yesterday [Jan. 16, 2018] in Ramallah, led by [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, …the [PA] government expressed its rejection of American Comptroller General [Gene] Louis Dodaro’s statements and the intention of his country to ask the occupation - through [US] Senator James Risch, Chairman of the [US Senate Foreign Relations] Subcommittee on Fighting Terror in the Middle East and Asia (i.e., Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism) - to check and examine the State of Palestine’s schoolbooks, on the pretext that they include materials that are ‘antisemitic and incite to terror and violence.’ The government said that the Palestinian curriculum was methodically and objectively designed by national hands and expert Palestinian committees and minds, according to the international laws and conventions regarding education. This is in order to adapt the Palestinian education system to the global level on the one hand, and to strengthen the content of national and historical identity on the other hand, and not to incite terror as the occupation claims.”

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PLO official: Criticism of Palestinian education system and schoolbooks is Israeli attempt “to erase the national identity and Israelize it through their fabricated narrative” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2018
Headline: “Al-Sudani: We oppose any interference in the Palestinian schoolbooks”
      “Palestinian [PLO] National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science Secretary-General Murad Al-Sudani emphasized that the occupation authorities’ ongoing violations against the Palestinian education system and Palestinian schoolbooks are unacceptable because this is a part of Palestinian sovereignty. In an interview with Radio Mawtini yesterday [Jan. 11, 2018], Al-Sudani said that the occupation authorities are attempting to erase the national identity and Israelize it through their fabricated narrative. He added that the Palestinian curriculum is a red line and national security for Palestine - it expresses the collective consciousness, and there is no reason to erase all that is connected to the Palestinian national heritage and identity, the stages of the Palestinian revolution, and the details of the Palestinian cause.”
PLO slams US call to investigate UNRWA schoolbooks for incitement  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2018
Headline: “The [PLO] national committee emphasized its opposition to the American interference in the identity of the Palestinian schoolbooks”
     “The Palestinian [PLO] National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science warned against the danger inherent in the American support for the occupation’s ongoing violations against the Palestinian education system and Palestinian schoolbooks, whose goal is to erase their national identity and Israelize them through [the occupation’s] fabricated narrative. The committee said this in response to American Comptroller General [Gene] Louis Dodaro’s statement and his state’s intention to ask the Israeli occupation through Head of the Subcommittee for the War on Terror in the Middle East and Asia (i.e., Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism) Senator James Risch to check and examine the PA schoolbooks (sic., see note below). This is on the pretext that they include material that is ‘antisemitic and incites to terror and violence.’"

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PA Government Spokesman: “The Palestinian curricula are national curricula appropriate for the Palestinian national spirit, and free of hate” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 9, 2018
Official PA TV host: “Let us turn to the issue of UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and the US, and its extortion by freezing the money. But what is more serious is the interference in the [Palestinian] curricula (see note below –Ed.). What is your response to the issue?”
PA Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud: “First of all, we also severely condemn what American Comptroller General [Gene Dodaro] published regarding the interference in the Palestinian curricula, and this is unacceptable. We think that what was said by the senior American officials on this matter is incitement against the Palestinian curricula, on the pretext of searching for incitement – what they call incitement – in these curricula. In any case, the Palestinian curricula are national curricula that are appropriate for the Palestinian national spirit, and they are free of ‘hate’ and free of the poison of hate of which they speak. And on the same matter, the other side, the Israeli side, has curricula full of hate, and this is according to the testimony of both international and Israeli experts… We are certain that our curricula match our national spirit, our tolerant spirit, and the Palestinian national spirit that always calls to strengthen the principles of a just and comprehensive peace.”

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Parent committee, with PA involvement, launches campaign to “cleanse” Israeli curriculum from Arab schools in Jerusalem to prevent “Judaization” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2017
        “The Parent Committee of [Palestinian] Students in the Jerusalem Schools held a press conference yesterday [Dec. 28, 2017] under the slogan The Judaization of the Palestinian Curriculum in Jerusalem.
Director of the Palestinian Education Directorate (i.e., under the PA Ministry of Education) in Jerusalem Samir Jibril, [PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and [Jerusalem] District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini, Head of the Supreme Muslim Council in Jerusalem Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, and Head of the Parent Committee of Students in the Jerusalem Schools Ziyad Al-Shamali were present at the press conference… The parent committee summarized the Judaization plan and the Israeli establishment’s strong attack to Judaize the Arab schools in Jerusalem, starting with falsifying the Palestinian schoolbooks and up to inserting Israeli schoolbooks into Jerusalem’s Arab schools through a variety of ways and means…
The committee decided to launch a campaign to cleanse Jerusalem’s schools of the Israeli curriculum through a plan in which all of the institutions and sources of authority in Jerusalem will participate. It also decided on the means of distributing the roles for implementing the proposed plan in order to distance this danger from our educational institutions once and for all.”

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PA Ministry of Education Spokesman supports Palestinian students participating in “popular activities” against US Jerusalem recognition, calls to include PA curriculum in Jerusalem schools  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
PA Ministry of Education Spokesman Sadeq Al-Khadour: “Let me say through [official] PA TV: Regarding the issue of regular attendance at school, the public activities complement [school activity] and do not contradict [it]. The support for Jerusalem is likely to be through confrontations at the checkpoints and the areas of friction, and it is also likely to be through activities of expression by the students through drawings, writing, poems, and active participation. We again say the [PA] Ministry of Education will also support the popular activities, without harming the regular [school] activity, particularly when most of the activities are done after 12:00 p.m.” […]
Official PA TV host: “We must mention the attack that is being waged against the curricula of the schools in Jerusalem, and the occupation’s attempt to divert the truth [and] distort the curricula. [How are you] dealing with these difficulties and transferring these efforts to Jerusalem?”
Sadeq Al-Khadour: “Jerusalem has a special status. At the end of last year [2016], we organized the Freedom Carnival with the participation of 30,000 students in Jerusalem, and thousands were at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, wrote inscriptions, and waved flags… We have announced steps to support the religious ruling of his honor [PA] Mufti [Muhammad Hussein] regarding the Palestinian curriculum in Jerusalem (i.e., ruling that called to reject the Israeli curriculum.).”

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PA news agency: UNRWA's attempts to change PA curriculum “harm the Palestinian identity and history” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2017
Headline: “UNRWA’s enrichment materials: Changing the facts and tear away the students from their reality”
     “Around a week ago, UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) began to train several teachers working in its schools in the enrichment materials and activities that were added to the basic curriculum… [H]owever, the materials that were added are arousing the anger of the teachers and the students’ parents, in whose opinion the concepts, pictures, and illustrations that they contain contradict the truth, distort history and the Palestinian identity, and contradict the thought and culture of the refugees in everything related to their right of return to their homeland, from which they were expelled.
Even though UNRWA Media Advisor Adnan Abu Hasna denied in a phone call that the materials that were added harm the Palestinian identity and history – because it is not within [UNRWA’s] authority to change and amend the [PA] Ministry of Education’s curricula, and because its schools are committed to conveying the curricula of the host states – the copies that we obtained of these materials prove the opposite..."

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PA Ministry of Education strongly opposes any attempt by UNRWA to change the PA curriculum and schoolbooks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education reiterates its complete opposition to any step that harms the Palestinian curricula”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education reiterated its complete opposition to any step or attempt that UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) or any international body are liable to make against the Palestinian curricula – whether by omitting, changing, or adding any materials in contradiction of the philosophy of the [PA] curricula and in contradiction of the contents of the schoolbooks in everything connected to the national identity and cultural, social, and national heritage of our people."

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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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