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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.‎
 
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 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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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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PA is offering PA schoolbooks to Israeli schools in “the ’48 territories,” money for education from donors is coming regularly, according to PA Education Minister  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2017
Headline: "Saidam: Our textbooks are available for free to the members of our people in the '48 territories"
     "[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education [and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam consented to the request of Father Constantine Nasser, the priest of the Greek Orthodox community in Jaffa, to provide the State of Palestine's edition of [the textbook] Christian Education to the Greek Orthodox school in the city. Saidam announced that the Ministry [of Education] will give these books to the school for free, and that it will give Islamic Education textbooks and every other book to the schools in the '48 territories (i.e., Israel) in order to support these schools and their students, and in order to emphasize the good and strong relations between members of the same people. He emphasized that the ministry is committed to supporting the education sector throughout the homeland… Father Constantine praised the new Palestinian [PA] curriculum, because it benefits the school students by strengthening the ties between the members of the same people. On another matter, Saidam confirmed that the money for education development is being received regularly, according to the plans and capabilities of the funding bodies…"

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UNRWA Commissioner-General emphasizes that "UNRWA is completely committed to the Palestinian curricula, and that no change will be made in these curricula" 
Source: Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Bethlehem district, Apr. 17, 2017
Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education

Posted text: “Commissioner -General of UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) Pierre Krähenbühl emphasized that UNRWA is completely committed to the Palestinian curricula, and that no change will be made in these curricula.
This was said this afternoon [April 17, 2017] in his meeting with [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam…
On this matter, Saidam again emphasized the close and historical connection between the Ministry [of Education] and UNRWA, and the efforts to strengthen the connection in a manner that will ensure the benefit of the education given to the refugees’ children and the improvement of their results…
He also emphasized that the national curricula should be respected and any attempt that is liable to harm the curricula and their contents should be prevented.
Saidam emphasized that the ministry is interested in staying in contact with UNRWA at all levels in the education sector.
Krähenbühl explained that UNRWA is a central partner of the [PA] Ministry of Education, particularly in the field of teaching. He emphasized the right of the Palestinian children to receive a quality education and preserve the components of identity and culture. He also praised the active partnership between UNRWA and the ministry… and emphasized that any enrichment of the Palestinian textbooks will be done in coordination between the ministry and UNRWA.”
PA Ministry of Education freezes ties with UNRWA because of agency's changes to Palestinian textbooks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Education has frozen its ties with UNRWA until further notice"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education yesterday [April 13, 2017] officially announced the freezing of its ties with UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) until its situation is settled. This is because the ministry is not convinced that the agency has taken back the changes that it made in the Palestinian textbooks.
The ministry emphasized that any distortion of the Palestinian textbooks constitutes a blatant violation of the host nation's laws, and that the changing of any letter in them in order to satisfy any party constitutes a betrayal of the Palestinian narrative and the right of the Palestinian people that is subject to occupation to maintain its identity and struggle, and to defend its way of struggle.
In his response to this position, [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam emphasized that Palestine will surrender to no one and will not agree to trade in its honor through positions that constitute an insult to the Palestinian people, its history, and its struggles.
The ministry on Friday, March 24, 2017, warned the agency not to touch the Palestinian textbooks, and demanded that it consult with the relevant parties in the ministry. However, nobody in the agency heeded this warning, and the ministry did not receive any official correspondence on the matter."
PA Ministry of Education will continue to "strengthen the national identity" through its schoolbooks, even though Israel is "attacking the curricula" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 11, 2017
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Educational Coalition opens a workshop for members of the media in Ramallah”
     “The Palestinian Educational Coalition, in cooperation with the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education, opened a training workshop for members of the media in Ramallah in order to strengthen the cooperation with the media on topics of education…
In his speech, [PA] Deputy Minister [of Education and Higher Education] Dr. Basri Saleh… explained that despite all of the pressures on it, the [PA] Ministry of Education will continue to act to strengthen the national identity, and will make sure that its curricula will include all of the central topics in the framework of the national context, even though the occupation is attacking the curricula and views them as inciting.”

The curriculum references in the article relate to suggested changes in the new edition of the textbooks used in UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) schools, which would remove some controversial elements such as the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
PA Minister of Education: UNRWA is prohibited from making changes to textbooks without consulting with the Ministry of Ed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2017
Headline: "Al-Agha: UNRWA is obligated to implement the host government’s curriculum in its schools"
     "PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Zakaria Al-Agha said: 'UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) is obligated to implement the host government’s curriculum in its schools.' This was during his meeting with the UNRWA crisis team, comprised of the national and Islamic factions, the students' parents, and the popular committees, which was meant to discuss everything regarding the changes in the UNRWA textbooks in the PA areas.
The crisis team expressed its concern about the fact that the UNRWA administration distributed an edition that includes instructions and dictates for the teachers to change some of the teaching methods, which constitutes a blow to the culture of the Palestinian refugees’ right of return, and this concern reflects the viewpoint of the teachers, parents, and students alike.
Al-Agha emphasized that the Department for Refugee Affairs is closely monitoring this matter, as it has held a number of discussions with Arab states that are hosting Palestinian refugees, with the UNRWA administration at all of its levels, and with Palestinian [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education [Sabri Saidam].
He emphasized: 'There is an agreement that it is forbidden to make any change to the UNRWA curriculum, which is obligated to [follow] the curriculum set by the ministry of education in all of the Arab host countries. This has also been verified by the UNRWA administration - which said that no change will be made without consultation and prior coordination with the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education and its counterparts in the Arab host countries - and also by the Arab host countries and Minister Sabri Saidam.’"
PA Ministry of Education rejects UNRWA recommendations for changes in school books 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “In documents: Accusations against UNRWA for targeting the national aspect of the textbooks”

“Ever since the characteristics became clear of the new [textbook] edition that UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) has distributed to its teachers, which includes changes in the new textbooks for grades 1-4, a great indignation has arisen among all sectors of the Palestinian society who have said that these are changes that harm the Palestinian identity and perpetuate the occupation’s existence…
This is not the first time that UNRWA is accused of inserting terms into the Palestinian textbooks for students of its schools, as this matter came up several years ago when it tried to insert the term ‘Holocaust’ into the seventh grade national study material…
The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education re-emphasized its firm opposition to any change or correction in the Palestinian textbooks, after it was disseminated that UNRWA is attempting to do this. The ministry said in a statement, a copy of which reached [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan, that according to international law UNRWA must use the textbooks of the host country. The ministry explained that it will take ‘punitive steps’ against anyone who attempts to change the textbooks or manipulate them.
The ministry explained that any attempt to change the textbooks constitutes an attack against Palestine and a targeting and erasing of the national identity. It emphasized that what was reported indicates a direct targeting of the national aspect of the textbooks, in a manner that is consistent with the occupation’s plan that warps and distorts these books.

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Sec-Gen of Palestinian Teachers’ Union: We will distribute textbooks for free, won’t agree to Israeli curriculum 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 23, 2017
Headline: "Education conference in Amman titled A Cry From Jerusalem"

"A conference was held yesterday [March 22, 2017] in Amman, the Jordanian capital, which brought together the [PA] General Union of Palestinian Teachers and the Jordan Teachers Association under the title A Cry From Jerusalem…
Secretary-General of the [General] Union of Palestinian Teachers Saed Erzekat… said that this year the Palestinian curriculum will be printed inside Jerusalem. This is ‘because the Israeli occupier bans even bringing textbooks in to Jerusalem. We will invest efforts so that [text]books will also be printed within Jerusalem, and they will be distributed for free. We will support the resolve of the teachers and strengthen the national aspect among them, despite their salaries being more than 50% less than those of the Palestinian teachers that teach in the schools of the Israeli Ministry of Education.’"
PA Education Minister denies Palestinian incitement in schoolbooks: Israeli schools guilty of incitement, PA education preaches “love, tolerance and freedom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2017
Headline: "Saidam: The occupation is the main inciter against the Palestinian people"

"[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam emphasized that the occupation is the main inciter against the Palestinian people. He expressed his absolute opposition to all of the types of tendentious accusations against our schools and educational institutions to define them as inciting.
Saidam invited [people] to visit our schools in order to be updated on the curricula, which instill in the young minds human, global, and noble values that preach love, tolerance, and freedom. He called on everyone to open the Israeli textbooks, to examine them carefully, and to check the Israeli education methods and the content taught in the Israeli schools, and particularly the Talmudic (i.e., religious Jewish) ones among them.
In a statement he noted the series of aggressive and incessant acts by the occupation against the educational institutions throughout the homeland, and said that the occupation killed 27 students last year [2016] and injured more than 1,911 others (most were killed or injured while carrying out terror attacks –Ed.)…
Saidam presented a question to the Western states that support the Israeli schools named after Israeli murderers whose hands are covered in the blood of innocents and civilians: Who pays the salaries of people like the one who killed Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Abu Khdeir, baby Ali Dawabsheh, his mother teacher Reham Dawabsheh, and his father (Palestinians murdered in an arson attack, see more below, Ed.), and young Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif (i.e., terrorist, stabbed Israeli soldier)? Who pays the salaries of the murderers of innocent children and women in the Gaza Strip, and those who buried them under the rubble of their schools and homes on ridiculous pretexts?"

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PA Ministry of Education free guidebook for "students of the Interior" shows map of "Palestine" replacing Israel 
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Mar. 16, 2017
Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education

 

Posted text: “From the heart of Nazareth, a delegation from the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the institutions of higher education on the first guidance day for students of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), as part of the publication ceremony of the Palestinian educational guidebook after approximately a year of work and efforts for its completion. Additional details on the way.”

The image shows the guidebook, which includes the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Names of Israeli cities listed on map: “Jaffa, Tel Aviv (partially covered –Ed.), Be’er Sheva, Ramle, Lod, Haifa, Nazareth, Tiberias (partially covered –Ed.)”
Text on book: “The Palestinian Higher Education Guide for Students of the Interior 2016-2017 – distributed for free”
PA Jerusalem Affairs Minister: Israel “interfering” with Palestinian schools, “impose Israeli curriculum” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: “Al-Husseini: The strike in the schools in Jerusalem today is a warning to the occupation, and its goal is to prevent it from interfering in the Palestinian curriculum”

“[PA] Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Jerusalem District Governor Adnan Al-Husseini… said today (Tuesday) [March 14, 2017] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘We are continuing to struggle against the occupation and to prevent it from imposing its curriculum at the expense of the Palestinian curriculum.’ He emphasized that the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem are standing firm against the [occupation's] policy, which will not force our students to study the Israeli curriculum. He also emphasized that the strike in the schools in Jerusalem today is a type of warning to the occupation authorities, and its goal is to prevent them from interfering in our curriculum and imposing an Israeli curriculum on our Palestinian schools.
Al-Husseini added: ‘The occupation is continuing to limit the lives of the residents of Jerusalem, in order to empty the city of Palestinian Arabs.’ He emphasized that the residents of Jerusalem are continuing to stand firm and resist, and that they will not leave their homes.”
PA Ministry of Education denies incitement in Palestinian schools, report saying so is “slander” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education condemned the British newspaper’s attack against the schools and accusing them of incitement”

“The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education condemned the attempt by the British newspaper Daily Mail (which based itself on a report on PA education by PMW –Ed.) to exonerate the occupation of its historical crimes against the unarmed Palestinian people. This was through an unjustified attack against the Palestinian schools, accusing them of incitement, and an attempt to frighten the British government in order to prevent it from transferring the aid money that it provides to the schools and educational institutions.
The ministry emphasized in a statement yesterday [March 13, 2017] that these tendentious charges against its schools again prove that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government, which is in crisis, is using its international mouthpieces - as everyone in Britain and outside of it know their sources of funding and their clear goals - in order to save Netanyahu from internal and external legal persecution, and to present him as a victim who is defending Israel from what the newspaper called ‘Palestinian incitement.’ This comes as part of the clear effort to serve the Israeli opinion, to ensure the continuation of the occupation, and to describe it as a victim, as if the Palestinians are the ones who occupied Israel and not the opposite…
The ministry explained that it is the occupation that glorifies the Israeli criminal murderers of the Palestinian people, and this is by naming public facilities and institutions after them, such as [former Israeli Prime Minister] Ben Gurion Airport, Baruch Goldstein Square (sic., no such square exists), and [former Israeli Prime Minister] Menachem Begin Street. The [PA] ministry wondered: Were [the hands] of these people clean of the blood of the Palestinian people and the British people
PA Minister of Education: PA is smuggling PA curriculum into E. Jerusalem schools 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 4, 2017
PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam is asked how the PA Ministry of Education can increase the percentage of Arab students in Jerusalem that it is responsible for from the current figure of 14%, and about the PA repairing and purchasing school buildings in Jerusalem –Ed.

PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam: “How can we deal with this war now? You know, the war is being waged every day, and every day there are important details. Some are not interested in them, but the Jerusalem resident sees them with his own eyes. We say that the campaign is not difficult and is not impossible. If you would ask someone from Jerusalem [how to fight for education], he would tell you: ‘Willpower and money.’ We are armed with desire. We are smuggling our [PA text ]books into the holy city [of Jerusalem]. Some are not familiar with this fact. I said yesterday [Feb. 3, 2017] in a meeting in Hebron: The Palestinian citizen must know first of all that the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education – and I say this honestly – is smuggling its [text]books into the holy city...”

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Map of "Palestine" replacing Israel in new schoolbooks mislabels cities 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Sept. 10, 2016
Headline: “Illogical errors in the new curriculum”

     “A number of teachers in the elementary schools in the Gaza Strip have complained about what they described as ‘illogical’ errors in the new curriculum that the [PA] Ministry of Education approved for the first through fourth grade this year…
A number of teachers have published pictures on social media of maps of Palestine (i.e., the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas) that were published in the national schoolbooks for second grade, which show errors in the location of the Palestinian cities on the map.”

The picture from the article shows the map from the PA schoolbook. Above the map is written: “Complete the missing letter in order to receive the names of Palestinian cities.” Some city names are shown on the map, with one letter missing from each name. On the right side of the page in descending order appear Jericho and Hebron. On the left side in descending order appear Acre, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Gaza. The error is that Gaza and Bethlehem have been switched.
PA schoolbooks present maps of "Palestine" replacing Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 3, 2016
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, on staffing PA Ministry of Education positions, hosting Director of the Administration of Clerks Muhannad Abu Shama

Visual:
 

An outline of the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas from a Palestinian schoolbook is shown.
Text above map: “Palestinian cities”
Some city names are shown on the map, with one letter missing from each name; the assignment is for students to fill in the missing letter. On the right side of the page in descending order appear Jericho and Hebron. On the left side in descending order appear Acre, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Gaza. The locations of Gaza and Bethlehem have been switched.

Official PA TV host: “I present this map. I present it to the viewers, just for the sake of clarification. It was published on social media, and several people spoke about there being an error in the location of Bethlehem (i.e., shown where the city of Gaza should be) and Hebron (i.e., shown slightly to the north of its location).”
Director of the Administration of Clerks Muhannad Abu Shama: “He who does not do, does not err. As you know, when text is moved from program to program things move sometimes.”

Visual:

A detailed version of the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas from a Palestinian schoolbook is shown.
Text above map: “I draw my land”
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 Nakba (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] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida 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: “Children’s Day.”
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 Nakba (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 (Fedayyeen), 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.”
Ramallah elementary school visits home of murderer 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, May 1, 2013


Headline:
“A visit to [the home of] the village’s most veteran prisoner – the girls of the Deir Qaddis Elementary School for Girls – Ramallah”
     “To mark Palestinian Prisoner's Day, the Deir Qaddis Elementary School for Girls arranged a scout activity: a visit to the home of the village’s most veteran prisoner, Muhammad Issa Steih. School Principal Mrs. Suad Nasser encouraged the visit. It should be noted that the prisoner was sentenced to life over 12 years ago.
These activities are taking place as part of a program planned by the school administration, which is aimed at strengthening the ties between the school and the local community, visiting the homes of the village’s prisoners, and forming a bond with them.
During the visit, one of the girls gave a speech before the prisoner’s mother.”

Text on poster: “Heroic prisoner Muhammad Issa Steih.”

Muhammad Issa Steih – Palestinian terrorist who participated in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered and mutilated the bodies of two Israeli reserve soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, who had accidentally entered Ramallah. He is serving a life sentence.

Click "full article" for more information on the source Zayzafuna.
Exam question for high school students encourages violence and death 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 3, 2011
Headline: “Sample questions and answers in preliminary [PA] matriculation exam”
     “Al-Ayyam 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"
[Question 5]
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”
[Question 14b]
"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
PA schoolbook:
    
“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
PA schoolbook:
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
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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
PA Schoolbook:
     "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.
12th grade literature schoolbook: "Zionist gangs stole Palestine" 
Source: Islamic Education for grade 12, Sept. 1, 2006
“Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their houses, and established the State of Israel." [Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104 (2006)]

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