EU passes bill to promote anti-hate education in Palestinian schools
The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday legislation intended to prevent EU aid given to the Palestinian Authority for educational purposes from being used to teach hate.
The legislation was introduced by the parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control in March, and aims to ensure that all programs financed with EU money should “reflect common values such as freedom, tolerance and nondiscrimination within education.”
Specifically addressed by the legislation are funds allotted to the PA by the EU’s PEGASE mechanism. Since its launch in 2008, PEGASE has been the main source of EU fiscal support to the PA. Approximately €3 billion have thus far been used for the implementation of the PA’s Reform and Development Plan, which includes social development and education.
The Jerusalem-based Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), which strives to use educational tools to mitigate extremist influences in the Middle East, assisted European Parliament members in formulating the legislation.
“It is bizarre that for over 10 years, the PEGASE fund has transferred around €3b. to the PA, a significant amount of which goes to the Palestinian education sector. In all that time, there have been no real attempts by the European Commission to ensure that Palestinian children receive an education based on European values,” said IMPACE-se CEO Marcus Sheff.