Education System
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


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.”


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

“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.

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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
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)]