Feb. 22, 2019
- The Palestinian Curriculum Deception – Marcus Sheff
In recent months, the stark truth over the PA’s new reformed school curriculum has been laid bare. The textbooks and materials being taught to Palestinian students are at complete odds with the values of the Western governments footing the bill for their production. Research by IMPACT-se has shown that this curriculum is replete with encouragement to violence. Newton’s Second Law is taught by way of a slingshot and the image of a violent confrontation.
Nine-year-olds in grade 3 recite a poem calling for “sacrificing blood” to remove the enemy from the land. Young Palestinians are taught that jihad is the pinnacle of ambition, that martyrdom for boys and girls is a life goal, and that choosing death is better than choosing life.
A long-classified report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Palestinian curriculum taught in UNRWA schools shows that UNRWA officials were presented with irrefutable evidence that American funds had been abused to inculcate intolerance. The officials pledged to create supplementary materials to rectify the issue but took no such action and lied to Washington about having done so.
The writer is CEO at the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Textbooks (IMPACT-se). (Times of Israel)