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Comparing the PA Opinions and School Textbooks with the Hamas Charter

Itamar Marcus  |
In Israel it is accepted to differentiate between the Palestinian Authority (PA), on the one hand, that supports peace, and between Hamas, on the other hand, as one who opposes peace. However, within Palestinian society, in the education of their children and in the media, a unified ideology on the most substantive issues as pertains to Israel is often presented, including, the denial of Israel's right to exist and defining Israel as the "conqueror of all of Palestine." The religious obligation to destroy Israel, which supposedly is a tenet identified only with Hamas, constitutes the sole attitude toward Israel that appears in textbooks published by the PA Ministry of Education, and is a recurrent theme in the media, often with the same formulations as in the Hamas Charter.

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