July 01, 2007

Report on newest Palestinian Schoolbooks

At the end of 2006, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Higher Education introduced new 12th grade schoolbooks, written by the Center for Developing the Palestinian Curricula. The center is comprised of Palestinian educators appointed by the Fatah governments of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, and directed by Dr. Naim Abu Al-Humos, former PA Minister of Higher Education, appointed in 2002. The center is backed by foreign funding, with special thanks to Belgium noted in the new schoolbooks. Before the year 2000, the schoolbooks used in the Palestinian Authority were primarily Jordanian and Egyptian books, republished by the PA.

Between 2000 and 2005, responding to widespread international criticism of the old textbooks, the PA Ministry of Education issued new textbooks for Grades 1 through 11. This report by Palestinian MediaWatch reviews the following new schoolbooks for Grade 12, recently introduced into PA schools:

Physical Geography and Human Geography
History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century
Contemporary Problems
Islamic Education
Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism
Arabic Language and the Science of Language
Scientific Culture

PMW has found that the new 12th grade Palestinian schoolbooks make no attempt to educate for peace and coexistence with Israel. Indeed, the opposite is true: The teachings repeatedly reject Israel’s right to exist, present the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, teach Israel’s founding as imperialism, and actively portray a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all.

Click here to read the full report, from PMW.

Oh and congratulations, Belgium, on your significant contribution towards promoting Jewicide.