Palestinian Terror Schools Receive Press They Deserve

psIsraeli Intelligence Affairs Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz and the Director General of his ministry, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, recently held an unprecedented  press conference in which they denounced the Palestinian Authority school system and shared evidence with the media that Adolf Hitler now plays a central figure as a role model in PA schools.

From the very genesis of the PA school curriculum, in 2000, the new schools of the PA, many of which are located in facilities run by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and funded by more than 40 donor nations, adopted a policy of teaching the next generation to venerate the “right of return” to Palestine, all of Palestine, by means of holy war, martyrdom and education.

The PA rejected other curricula prepared by Ber Zeit University, a Palestinian academic facility located near Ramallah, which emphasized reconciliation and peace.

On March 1, 2000, Shimon Peres, then the Israel Minister of Regional Development, addressed the international colloquium of the Jewish media, where Peres lavished praise on the new Palestinian school curriculum for peace.

When I asked Peres to comment on the fact that the Palestinian school curriculum for peace that he referred to had been vetoed by the Palestinian Authority, Peres simply answered “I know,” but encouraged me to go directly to the Palestinian Authority Minister of Education to get the new school books, since they would be issued in a few months’ time, and that is exactly what I did.

On August 1, 2000, on the day that the new PA school books were issued. I traveled to Ramallah and met with the Palestinian Minster of Education, Dr. Nayim Abu Humus, who authorized our agency to buy all the new PA school books.

Dr. Abu Hummus asked that we give publicity to the new school books, which we readily agreed to do. Returning to Jerusalem, giving a cursory review of the school books, our Arabic language journalist colleagues noted that the new PA school books were problematic.

I brought a set of the books to Dr. Shlomo Ben Ami, then the Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs and showed him the books, where he could see that the new maps produced by the nascent Palestinian Authority deleted Israel so that every PA school child was taught that only Palestine existed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

In those textbooks, there were lessons where Palestinian children learned about the armed struggle to liberate all of Palestine. Palestinian children learned about Zionism as a war crime, and specific lessons instructed Palestinian children to revere those who murdered Jews.

Ben Ami looked at the new PA school books as if I had brought him the Manhattan telephone book for his perusal.

As I left the minister’s his office, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Pope’s “ambassador to the Holy Land,” called my cell phone with a request: Could I bring the PA school books to him immediately. – “the Pope wants to see them.” The honorary chairman of the ADL in Israel, the late Jack Padwa, had informed the Archbishop that our agency had purchased these books.

Together with Padwa, I traveled to the Archbishop’s office on the Mount of Olives and delivered the books to the Archbishop – the set that the Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs did not want to look at.

The Vatican’s ambassador assured us that the Pope would commission the first translation of the new Palestinian Schoolbooks, which he did.

Archbishop Sambi brought the books with him to Rome, and initiated a study of the PA textbooks, which the Vatican determined to be anti-semitic and pro-war in nature.

One month later, at the recommendation of the Pope and with the encouragement of Archbishop Sambi, the Italian government announced that it would pull its money out of the Palestinian Ministry of Education’s PA text book project.

Here are some pearls of wisdom that Palestinian children learned from the new PA school books of the Palestinian Authority, which were introduced between 2000 and 2006, and which have been used ever since:

1. Israel does not appear on any maps of the world in the new PA textbooks, while maps of Israel replace the name “Israel” with “Palestine” in all of the new Palestinian Authority school books.

2. The new Palestinian School Books “annex” sites in Israel to Palestine.

For example: “Haifa is a Palestinian seaport,” (p. 7) (Lughatuna al-Jamila [Our Beautiful Language], Vol. 2, 5th grade textbook, p. 86).

And: “Galilee, Nazareth and Beit She’an are regions in Palestine,” (p. 7) (Al-Iqtisad al-Manzili [Home Economy], 10th grade textbook, pp. 36-37).

3. The new Palestinian school books mention Israel only as an enemy, in reference to “occupation of lands” in 1948 and 1967:

“There is no doubt that the Israeli occupation has a negative impact on [Palestinian] agriculture and its export,” (p. (Lughatuna al-Jamila [Our Beautiful Language], Vol. 1, 10th grade textbook, p. 102).

4. The new Palestinian school books present Zionism only as an enemy movement:

“The Palestinian people are under an oppressive siege, limiting their movement and way of life,” (p. 9) (Al-Tarbiyah al-Islamiyyah [Islamic Education], Vol. 1, 5th grade textbook, p. 49).

Accusation against settlements [from 1948!] of damaging water sources “the influence of settlement on sources of water in Palestine,” (p. 9) (Ulum al-Sihha wal-B’ia [Health and Environmental Sciences], 10th grade textbook, p. 122).

“The Palestinian family has problems…stemming from the occupation…it loses father, mother or son to death or imprisonment…endures the difficulties of life…,” (p. 11) (Al-Tarbiyah al-Wataniyya [National Education], 5th grade textbook, p. 23).

5. The new Palestinian School Books make the false claim that an “extremist Zionist” set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969, (p. 12) (Tarikh al’Alam al-Hadith wal-Mu’asir [History of the new Modern World], 10th grade textbook, p. 106) when it was really a mentally unstable fundamentalist Christian Australian.

6. The new Palestinian School books teach that the only ancient inhabitants of Israel were Arabs, ignoring any ancient Jewish presence:

“Concentrated…in the land of Al-Sham [Greater Syria]…was the culture of the Canaanite and Aramaic peoples who migrated there from the Arab peninsula,” (p.14-15) (Tarikh al-Hadarat al-Qadima [History of Ancient Civilizations], 5th grade textbook, Foreword).

7. The new Palestinian school books teach that Palestinians must use war and violence – especially martyrdom – to accomplish their goals:

The heroic mother, “who incessantly presents one sacrifice [fida’] after another.” (Lughatuna al-Jamila [Our Beautiful Language], Vol 2, 5th grade textbook, p. 31).

The warrior goes to war faced with one of the good options: victory or martyrdom in battle for the sake of Allah. (Ibid. Vol. 1, 5th grade textbook, p. 70).

“Allah gave the people of this land (Al-Sham and Palestine) an important task: they must stand on the forefront of the Muslim campaign against their enemies, and only if they fulfill their duty to their religion, nation, and land will they be rewarded as stated in the scriptures.” (Al-Tarbiya al-Islamiyyah [Islamic Education], Vol 2, 10th grade textbook, p. 50).

8. The new Palestinian school books feature children with names such as Jihad (holy war) and Nidal (struggle). (p.22) (Tarikh al-Hadarat al-Qadima [History of Ancient Civilizations], 5th grade textbook, p.6).

9. The new Palestinian school books stress the importance of “return” of refugees to all of Palestine – by violence: “The wrong must be made right by returning them to their homes: we returned to the homeland after a long absence.” (Lughatuna al-Jamila [Our Beautiful Language], Vol 2, 5th grade textbook, p. 43). “Returning to the homes, the plains and the mountains, under the banners of glory, jihad [holy war] and struggle” (Lughatuna al-Jamila [Our Beautiful Language], Vol 1, 5th grade textbook, p.88).

Since Shimon Peres, now the President of Israel, constantly attests to the moderate  and peaceful intentions of Machmud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, our agency has been submitting a request to Peres for a response to Abbas’s new educational system for the last six years. We have spoken to all of Peres’s spokespeople and to Peres’s advisers. Yet the response from Peres’s office is consistent refusal to respond.

At the press conference conducted on Monday, Israeli government education experts described Abbas’s school system as “war curriculum,” and  stressed that Abbas’s schools were inculcating Palestinian youth with the idea that Hitler is a role model for every Palestinian child to emulate.

Our agency asked the spokesman of Shimon Peres for comment. After all, Peres convened a special briefing for visiting US senators during the first weekend of 2014 to say that he had “full confidence” in Abbas as a peace partner .

The response from the office of the President of Israel: No comment.

However, the government of Israel finally heeded the initial warnings of the Vatican that the new Palestinian Authority school books are war-like in nature.

Archbishop Sambi, who died in July, 2011, while he was the Papal Nuncio in Washington, DC, would have been proud. In my last conversation with Archbishop Sambi, shortly before his death, he asked if the Israeli government would ever make an official comment on the Palestinian school curricula. Now they have.

It took 13 years for the Israeli government to denounce the official curriculum of the Palestinian Authority, but now the Jewish state has done so, on the record.

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  • Robert Furst

    No one cares about the truth, truth is dead. In hebrew the word truth is one letter more than death, and that letter has a value of one, remove only one small piece and it changes from truth to death. The world is dying one lie at a time, and no one cares.

    • Bert

      I believe that every evil must begin with a lie. The ninth commandment forbids one to ‘bear false witness’. The first lie might even be minor or even accidental. But with enough lies the minds of people can be poisoned and confused until we encounter the biblical warning; ‘woe to him that calls evil good, and good evil’. The main blame is upon the Israel officials who chose to remain silent for all these years while lies took root and became deeply entrenched. Shimon Peres and his associates bear grave responsibility for their criminal silence which encouraged these lies.

      • Ken Kelso

        Its very important to remember how Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002, when Israel went into there to stop the PalestiniansHomicide bombers from slaughtering more Israeli civilians.
        Peres is a total opportunist. Back then even with Arafat ordering terrorist atrocities against Israeli civilians, Peres still kept appeasing Arafat.

        Peres was obsessed with his legacy of Oslo and didn’t care how many Jews were slaughtered by Arab terrorists because of Oslo.
        Remember this lie by Peres to protect his Oslo legacy of appeasement with Arafat.

        Peres calls IDF operation in Jenin a ‘massacre’
        Ha’aretz ^ | 9 April 2002 | Aluf Benn and Amos Harel

        • Ken Kelso

          Remember this about Peres.

          Peres opposed bombing Iraq’s nuclear facility in 81.

          Peres opposed Israel going into Jenin in 2002 after Palestinian homicide bombers from Jenin were slaughtering Israeli civilians, including the Passover massacre.
          Peres opposed going into Jenin cause he was more concerned about his legacy and appeasing Arafat who was behind the atrocities of Israeli civilians.

          Peres opposed killing Yassin in 2004.
          Peres said this after Israel killed Yassin in 2004.
          And what was it that Shimon Peres said after the Yassin assassination Peres said: “We must look terrible . . . for killing an old religious leader in a wheelchair coming out of a mosque. . . . I never thought they would dare to go through with it. . . . Had I been a member of the government I would have voted against this. . . . only by assassinating the reasons for terrorism can we assassinate terrorism.”

          Earth to Peres.
          Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.

          The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.
          Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.

          Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.

          Hundreds of Jews who had there limbs torn off by homicide bombers sent by Yassin.

          The PR shots of Yassin in his wheelchair will be remembered by those that don’t see the crippled Jewish bodies of all those that he ordered to be bombed by Hamas.

          Yassin was a mass murderer of the same ilk as Saddam Hussein.
          Saddam never killed a Kurd he just inspired others to do his dirty work.

          Then think, Peres opposed killing this Palestinian mass murderer Yassin.

  • Drakken

    Well when are you Israeli’s going to give those effing ragheads what they so richly deserve? Namely a healthy taste of Carthage with the added flavor of a Sherman’s March to the Sea? Quit effing around with those goddamn ragheads, can’t you see they want you dead?

  • Ken Kelso

    David Bedein thank you for all the work your doing.

    Its sad that Shimon Peres, Livni, Olmert, Isaac Herzog etc keep turning a blind eye to the Palestinians racist media against Jews as Palmediawatch has documented for years.

    Maybe the reality is, Peres, Livni, Olmert and Herzog aren’t bothered when Abbas’s hate media calls Jews pigs and Apes and glorifies terrorism against Israeli civilians.

    As written on Frontpagemag.
    More Evidence that Palestinians are Religious Nazis
    August 20, 2013
    Itamar Marcus
    Palestinian Moderates Are Still Genocidal
    August 26, 2013 By Itamar Marcus

  • T.L. Winslow

    The sick brainwashing of kids in Palestine with the Quran is going to breed unimaginable horror. It should be a world crime to give a Quran to a minor. We need a NWO, and that’s the kind of laws it should enact. Too bad, we have to live with the current world order, in which the U.S. is loaded with Muslim nations, and to get a new one the Muslim World must first go poof with a Great Apostasy, with the ex-Muslims asking the Jewish state of Israel to help lead them back into the human race. Nuking Mecca is the sine qua non to break the spell of their evil idol and wake Muslims up to the great fraud that Islam is, as in Ding Dong the Witch is Dead. With thousands of good nukes lying around, the question is who’s got the brains and guts to do the good deed? Maybe a rogue element in the U.S., maybe Russia, maybe China, who knows? They didn’t have trouble getting volunteers to kill Kennedy, what’s the excuse now? Every day that Mecca’s not nuked, the Allah Akbars are sticking out their tongues at us, saying “See! Allah is Akbar”. Remember Shock and Awe? We need Shock Allah. It will be pure good, as in Schindler’s List, only in reverse, since until Mecca is nuked every Jew’s name in the world is on Allah’s List.

    • defcon 4

      Millions of Germans, not all of them Nazis, had to die to stop Nazism.

      • Robert Furst

        Not enough it would seem

  • defcon 4

    “mentally unstable fundamentalist Christian Australian” LOL, a description the enemedia would love to apply to all Christians. Burning down a mosque that is nothing more than a monument to islam0nazism doesn’t sound to me like the actions of the “unstable” but rather those who have some sense of morality.

  • Fred Glass

    Can anyone explain how Peres has remained in office for so long?


      When you live long enough, there are perks.