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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.”
The following is the full report on these latest PA schoolbooks. Earlier PMW reports on PA schoolbooks will be uploaded shortly.
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Table of Contents:
Executive Summary [pp 3-5]
1. Fighting Israel until liberation - is religious battle of Islam [pp 6-8]
2. The "state" of "Palestine" exists in a world without Israel [pp 9-11]
3. A visual world without Israel: on all maps "Palestine" exists, Israel does not [p 12]
4. Rejection of Israel's right to exist: Israel's founding was "a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history" [pp 13-14]
5. Holocaust Denial: World War II without a Holocaust [p 15]
6. Palestinians depicted as victims of the racist "Zionist Enemy" [pp 16-17]
7. Terminology of disdain and demonization in schoolbooks [p 18]
8. Jihad and Shahada – Martyrdom for Allah [pp 19-22]
9. USA - enemy of Palestinians, leader of "Clash of Civilizations" [pp 23-29]
10. Minimizing the Peace Processes between Israel and its neighbors [p 30]
Conclusions [p 30]
Appendix 1: About the books - Palestinian Curriculum Development Center (PCDC) [p 32]
Appendix 2: Names of Palestinian Schools [pp 33-35]
Official PA daily: Hamas suspends teaching of human rights curriculum that calls for "peaceful resistance"
Source: 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)
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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