Report on PA education system shows widespread glorification of terrorism
“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.”
An Israeli teachers’ association will present a comprehensive report about anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist education in Palestinian Authority schools, at a global education conference that opened on Tuesday.
The Association of Secondary School Teachers in Israel, in partnership with the group Palestinian Media Watch – which monitors and analyzes the PA through its media and schoolbooks – is set to present the 57-page report at the Education International World Congress.
In the foreword of the document, the association writes 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 also accuses the PA of depriving their own children of a peaceful future.
The report, which Palestinian Media Watch compiled, includes a detailed list of examples of Palestinian children’s exposure to what the monitor group’s director, Itamar Marcus, has called “terror glorification.”
Marcus was invited to be one of the Association of Secondary School Teachers in Israel’s delegates at the congress, and will be the one to present the report.
Copies will be handed out at the start of the conference to delegations representing 400 teachers’ unions from 171 countries.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post this week ahead of the conference, Marcus said he thinks the evidence will shock those in attendance.
“When you hear the problematic issues one by one, you don’t get the same sense as when you really see the totality of it – the world of the Palestinian child,” he said.
According to Marcus, the world of the Palestinian child means “you can wake up and walk to school on a street named after a terrorist and then go to school on a street named after a terrorist and in the afternoon play in a sporting event named after a terrorist. It’s being enveloped in terror glorification, denial of Israel’s right to exist, denial of Jews’ right to exist as human beings – this is everywhere now.”
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.”
The document points to official PA educational programs for children on television, during which children have recited poems that say, among other things, that Jews are “monkeys and pigs,” Jews are “enemies of Allah,” and Zion is “Satan with a tail.”
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.
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