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PA Ministry of Education denies incitement in Palestinian schools, report saying so is “slander”

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? Or is the invention of empty claims and lies the guarantee and means to remove the clear moral blockade imposed on Israel in light of the lengthening of its occupation? …

The ministry expressed its opposition to this incitement, whose goal is to harm the education system in Palestine by spreading false information against the Palestinian educational institutions. It emphasized that there is no incitement in its schools, rather just national education that defends the rights of the occupied Palestinian people in its land and homeland. It also expressed opposition to the use of the term ‘terrorists’ to describe the Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners who sacrificed their lives to defend the legal rights of their people against the occupation.
The ministry emphasized that the money and aid that the friendly states and international partners are providing to the education sector in Palestine serves to improve the quality of education and its achievements, and that Palestine has used and is using this money in full transparency and openness. The ministry said in its statement: ‘The sources that the newspaper relied on in quoting the information are Israeli! And the other part of them is unknown! This is slander and nothing more. Therefore, the articles of this newspaper are unfair and incite.’ …
The ministry concluded by saying that it intends to organize a workshop in a few days that will provide tangible evidence that Palestine does not appear on the map of the occupation, and will expose the truth about the ongoing Israeli incitement.”

Cave of the Patriarchs massacre - On Feb. 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, known to Muslims as the "Ibrahimi Mosque," killing 29 and wounding 125. Following the attack, which was widely condemned by Israeli leaders and Jewish communities abroad, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring by dividing the area of worship into Muslim and Jewish sections and designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups.

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