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Schoolbooks of the Palestinian Authority (PA): The attitude to the Jews, to Israel and to peace

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A
comprehensive study was recently issued on PA schoolbooks’ attitude to the
Jews, Israel and peace. The study covers PA schoolbooks published in the past
four years (the PA has not yet completed issuing new textbooks). The study was
conducted by Dr. Arnon Groiss and Dr. Ronni Shaked from the Truman Institute at
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It was undertaken at the request of the
Center for Near East Policy Research and was recently issued in Hebrew by the
Center in conjunction with the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar
Ilan University. The study was made possible by a grant from the Wiesenthal
Center in Los Angeles.

 

According
to the findings of the study, PA schoolbooks’ attitude to the Jews, Israel and
peace is based on three fundamentals: de-legitimization, demonization and
indoctrination to violent struggle. There is no call for peace or coexistence
with neighboring Israel. A Palestinian narrative has been constructed based on
the fundamentals. It represents the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a distorted
manner historically and does not leave any hope for ending it in peaceful
coexistence of the two parties involved.

 

The
findings are consistent with other studies of Palestinian textbooks conducted
in the past decade (some of which were issued in Intelligence and Terrorism
Information Center bulletins). The studies repeatedly show a deep-rooted
hostility to Israel in the Palestinian educational system. It is a function of
the Palestinian ethos on which generations of Palestinians have been educated,
including the present generation. The Palestinian ethos had led to a culture of
hatred for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, thus fueling terrorism,
violence and incitement against Israel.