Basically, the PA’s new textbooks are even worse than the ones used in years past to teach Palestinian kids – before the PA undertook the process of reforming its school curriculum in 2016. The previous textbooks were already deplorable, in terms of demonizing Israel and failing to prepare Palestinian children for peace and coexistence. But the new schoolbooks are downright appalling. They encourage Palestinians to become “expendable martyrs”; infuse the Palestinian nationalist struggle with an Islamist and even “obvious Salafist” influence; fail to mention the ancient Jewish presence in the Holy Land; and depict modern Jewish communal life there as a criminal act. It’s all chilling. But to my mind one of the most disturbing entries is a violent passage in one of the schoolbooks, where the text refers to the fate of six million “usurper and foreign” Jews living in Israel after it’s liberated by the Palestinians. For the first time in a PA-issued textbook, a poem calls for these Jews to be “annihilated” and “eliminated”.
NEW PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TEXTBOOKS TEACH “MARTYRDOM AS A LIFE GOAL”carolNov 14, 201700128