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New Report Details Anti-Semitism, Glorification of Terrorism in Palestinian Schools

The official educational curriculum of the Palestinian Authority (PA) promotes terrorism and hatred of Jews and Israel, a report presented today at an international teachers’ conference stated.

The report, prepared by the organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), documents that “the PA teaches its children to reject Israel’s right to exist, encourages them to view Jews as evil and directs them to embrace terrorist murderers as role models.” It will be presented to the Education International World Congress, which will be attended by representatives from 400 teachers’ unions coming from 171 countries. PMW director Itamar Marcus will be attending the congress as a delegate from the Association of Secondary School Teachers in Israel.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

The report states that “the PA and the politically dominant Fatah movement that is also headed by [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas, teach Palestinian children through their official communication structures that Jews and Israelis possess inherently evil character traits. Fighting [Jews and Israelis] is said to be heroic and even Allah’s will. Terrorists who have murdered dozens of Israeli civilians are said to be national heroes and Islamic Martyrs.” …

In addition, the report says, the PA has named dozens of schools after terrorists, including one school named for Haj Amin al-Husseini – the grand mufti of Jerusalem during the British Mandate, who was a Nazi collaborator and a war criminal responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians. …

The report also points to Palestinian textbooks as expressing a message of hate for Zionism, and says many of them present a world in which Israel does not exist at all.

“Instead of working to eliminate the current hate,” the report observes, “the PA has chosen to still include these destructive messages in its curriculum.” The report’s authors expressed the hope that the report would serve as an “eye-opener,” and that the PA would take action “to adopt peace education for Palestinian children.”

An introduction to the report and a link to the full report are available here.

The PA’s curriculum of hatred puts it in violation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, one of the international conventions it signed last year in attempt to evade bilateral negotiations with Israel and achieve statehood unilaterally.

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