PA lies about PMW’s reports on PA schoolbooks
PA Minister of Education Marwan Awratani: “Since Palestine developed the first national curriculum at the beginning of this [21st] century, immediately after a few months the [Israeli] incitement campaign against the first national curriculum began (i.e., PMW’s reports on PA schoolbooks). The reason is clear; the word ‘Palestine,’ the word ‘Jerusalem,’ the words ‘Jaffa’ (i.e., an Israeli city), ‘refugees,’ the [PA] map (i.e., that presents all of Israel together with the PA areas as “Palestine”), ‘the olives’ – all of these are words that the Israeli occupation does not like. And the occupation mobilized all its capabilities – pressure, support, the media, and the like – in order to influence public opinion in various states and urge them to take a position against Palestine’s curricula. Of course this process continued and received significant and great momentum after the second national curriculum of 2015-2016 until today… The central issue is that which is connected to the Palestinian narrative. This narrative is everything for us… What is being requested is the erasing of the Palestinian narrative: There are no olives, no history, nothing.”
PMW note: PMW’s critiques of PA schoolbooks was not because pf these issues, but because the education promotes hate and terror and rejects Israel's right to exist.
PA Minister of Education Marwan Awratani: “The curricula in every state in the world are a clearly sovereign matter, because it is connected to the DNA of the individual and the society...
Therefore any decision regarding the curricula, the Palestinian curriculum, is a clear national and sovereign decision, a purely independent decision…
We will not negotiate over our sovereign decision in exchange for any monetary support, regardless of what it is. That will not happen…
They (i.e., the Israelis) have no book, no map of anything at all [that is Palestinian], as if we don't exist.”
PMW note: Israeli schoolbooks divide the areas of the West Bank under dispute into Areas A, B C – which is their legal status.
“This is not an issue from their perspective. Even the name ‘Judea and Samaria’ – there is no ‘Palestine’ at all. And the names of the mountains, valleys, and villages are all names that are not Palestinian and not Arab, and therefore we are completely erased from the map. We are also called ‘the other.’ ‘The other’ has no identity or existence at all…”
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, on Palestinian Teachers’ Day