PMW says PA education mirrors the leadership’s hate ideology
A Palestinian student in fourth grade opens his math book and is asked to count the number of martyrs in Palestinian uprisings based on an accompanying photograph of raised coffins at a mass funeral. A reading exercise with the letter “h” (hāʾ, ه) for first-graders includes the word shahid (“martyr”), placed in a list of other words that include hujum (“attack”) and harab (“run away”)…
While the Palestinians have agreed to change the curriculum, they have yet to deliver on their promises. P.A. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and Minister of Education Marwan Awartani both went on record stating that positive changes to the textbooks would be made…
According to Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, a nonprofit Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society, “the Palestinian Authority leadership sends the same hate and terror-supporting messages to its population through all the structures it controls.”
He told JNS that PMW finds “the same glorifying of terrorists, the same maps in which the state of ‘Palestine’ erases Israel, the same denial of Israel’s right to exist in P.A. schoolbooks that the P.A. disseminates through its controlled media, social media, and public events for adults and children.”
Marcus said P.A. schoolbooks “are not the problem, but one of the many symptoms of the fundamental problem, which is the Palestinian Authority ideology itself.”
“Until the P.A. leadership is replaced by a peace-seeking leadership, the P.A. will just keep juggling the hate and terror messages between the various mediums it controls, while promising the donor countries to eliminate the hate,” he said. “The perplexing question is why haven’t the donor countries recognized that by funding the terror-supporting Palestinian Authority, they are undermining peace to the detriment of both Israel and the Palestinian population?”
While the Palestinians have refused to make any substantive changes, others have decided to try and influence change thanks to efforts by IMPACT-se and PMW.
In June, Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide announced that more than half of the 2020 planned funding to the P.A.’s education sector had been withheld until “positive changes are seen,” also stating that changes were being made to the curriculum by the P.A.’s quality-control committee.