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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.”
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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.
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PA Ministry of Culture teaches kids not to recognize Israel
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 13, 2014
“The [PA] Ministry of Culture in Tulkarem organized a screening of several documentary films to mark the 66th anniversary of the
(i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) at the Al -Fadeliyah High School for Boys, in the presence of Culture Ministry Bureau Chief Muntasir Al-Kam and school principal Muhammad Abd Al-Latif.
[School principal] Abd Al-Latif said: ‘This anniversary proves to us that the refugee camps are temporary and that we will return to the places from which we were expelled. We will return to our land from which we were expelled when the so-called State of Israel was established.’
[Culture Ministry Bureau Chief Muntasir] Al-Kam noted that the screening took place as part of the [Culture] Ministry’s program to encourage the audio-visual field through the screening of documentary films at various national and cultural events, since these films are a part of resistance on the ideological level, at a time when the Zionist entity’s schemes to destroy the Palestinian cause and steal its history and identity – and not just the land – are gaining momentum.”
Palestinian kindergarteners taught that Israel prevents Muslims from going to Jerusalem and abuses children
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2014
“Talin Al-Ayaseh, 5, said that the Israelis are occupying our land, the settlers are taking over our homes and the soldiers are preventing us from going to our city, Jerusalem, and praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and are [also] abusing children. ’That’s forbidden,” she said.
This [statement was made] during a visit of children from the ‘Birds of Paradise’ kindergarten to the offices of the [official Palestinian daily]
in El-Bireh, on the occasion of Palestinian Children’s Day…
Kindergarten teacher Ola Eid: ‘The children are between 3 and 5 years old. On this occasion, we taught them about Children’s Day, and showed them videos about the suffering of children in Palestine and Syria.’”
Text on the sign at the center of the photo:
“My dreams will come true with victory.”
Text on sign on the left:
Official PA daily: Hamas suspends teaching of human rights curriculum that calls for "peaceful resistance"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2014
“The Education Ministry of the deposed Hamas government announced yesterday [Feb. 13, 2014] that it has reached an agreement with UNRWA to suspend teaching human rights as a subject in the agency’s schools in Gaza because [the curriculum] contains dangerous inaccuracies that are detrimental to the Palestinian cause and to Palestinian and Islamic culture . Mu’tasim Al-Minawi, a senior official in the deposed government’s education ministry, said of the UNRWA’s curriculum that it “distorts and belittles the refugee issue and describes the refugees [simply] as people who fled rather than as [victims] who were forcefully expelled and had massacres perpetrated against them, forcing them to leave their homes; this is a distortion and a blurring of the truth.’ …
In an announcement posted on the Ministry’s website, Osama Al-Mazini, the deposed government’s minister of education, said: ‘We cannot allow the UNRWA agency to unilaterally introduce new curricula.’ He added that the human rights subject ‘ignores the
(i.e., “catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people, and works to erase the culture of the right of return and to instill one of peaceful resistance and submission as a means of restoring the rights [of the Palestinians].’”
From Agence France-Presse (AFP)
High school exam questions promote violence and struggle against Israel
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 1, 2013
Headline: “Questions and answers from the Arab language matriculation exams, form number two”
Question no. 10: Circle the correct answers for the following questions:
6. One of the following sentences is a declarative clause …
D. O self-sacrificing fighter (
), your dwelling is Paradise, Allah willing…
14.2. In which of the following clauses must the subject come before the object?
a. The homeland will be liberated by its heroes…
14.8. What is the vocative noun in the sentence: ‘Brother, in Jerusalem we have a sister…’
(PMW Ed. note: This is a line from a famous poem which begins with the words: “Brother, the exploiter has crossed the borders…” The rest of the line quoted in the exam is: “Brother, we have a sister in Jerusalem – the slaughterers have prepared the slaughtering-knife for her.”)
Question no. 15: Read the following text and answer the following questions:
‘How wonderful it is that a man belongs to something. Only the loyal know the status of homeland, those who devote themselves to protecting it and offer their blood to ransom it, so that its flag will be raised. All should know: The homeland is precious and each one of us has a duty that we must fulfill with loyalty and devotion. Indeed, great is the man who has the sense to dedicate himself in his actions and giving, and there is no forgiveness for those who shirk.’…
Question no. 17: Vocalize the words indicated in the following sentences: ...
1. How beautiful is the [act of] sacrifice.
2. Allah, lead us to victory over our enemies.”
Exam question for high school students encourages violence and death
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 3, 2011
“Sample questions and answers in preliminary [PA] matriculation exam”
presents to its high-school readers sample questions and answers selected from the curriculum… under the supervision of a group of specialized teachers, with the aim of helping students to pass the examinations successfully”
"Arabic Language – part II"
a. "Find the verb in the future subjunctive, and explain why it is so:
- Don’t expect to excel if you neglect your studies.
- You will never attain your rights by begging."
b. "Punctuate the underlined phrase:
- We shall die in order that our land may live”
Other questions illustrating the PA’s attitude to Israel:
[Question 1 – section 18]
"Circle… the sentence in which the direct object must precede the subject:
[The correct option:] Palestine will be freed by its heroes."
[Question 11, section c3]
"Punctuate the underlined phrase:
Do not view the occupier as human”
"Add the verb ‘to be’, or a verb that follows the same form, to the following sentences, and punctuate accordingly:
- Palestinian women are fighters”
Schoolbook: "Your enemies seek life while you seek death"
Source: Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, Jan. 1, 2010
“O heroes, Allah has promised you victory... Don't talk yourselves into flight… Your enemies seek life while you seek death. They seek spoils to fill their empty stomachs while you seek a Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth... Death is not bitter in the mouth of the believers. These drops of blood that gush from your bodies will be transformed tomorrow into blazing red meteors that will fall down upon the heads of your enemies."
[Reading and Texts Part II,
Grade 8, p. 16]
Note: This schoolbook has been in use since 2006.
Schoolbook: Rush to a Martyr's death
Source: Our Beautiful Language for 6th grade, Jan. 1, 2010
The Shahid (The Martyr)
“I shall carry my soul in my palm and toss it into the abyss of destruction...
And then, either life, gladdening friends, or death, enraging the enemies.
By your life! I see my death, but I hasten my steps towards it...
By your life! This is the death of men.
And who asks for a noble death - here it is…”
Our Beautiful Language for 6th grade, section 1, p. 47;
Our Beautiful Language for 7th grade, section 1, p. 81
Note: These schoolbooks have been in use since 2006. The poem still appears inthe 7th grade schoolbook (as of October 2013), but no longer appears in the 6th grade schoolbook.
Enemies are barbarians who murder in cold blood
Source: Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, Nov. 23, 2008
"Your enemies have murdered your children, have sliced open the stomachs of your wives, have seized the beard of your honorable Sheiks and have driven them into the ditches of death."
[Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, p. 16]
Note: This schoolbook has been in use since 2006.
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