SPECIAL INSERT ISRAEL AS PORTRAYED IN PALESTINIAN TEXTBOOKS by Yoram Ettinger (Excerpted. For complete report: send email to Yoram Ettinger

      Six years following the signing of the Oslo Accords, Arafat - a mainstream leader and a recipient of annual US foreign aid - is intensifying the demonization of Israel, Zionism and Jews in the Palestinian school system. PLO strategy is authentically represented by its own education curriculum, which shapes long-term attitudes of Palestinians and mirrors the ideology of its leadership. Arafat's refusal to expunge - from textbooks - systematic depiction of Jews and Zionists as enemies of Arabs, Islam and humanity, has reaffirmed concerns about Arafatís actual intentions and his harboring of Hamas terrorists (including murderers of Americans).

      Recurring themes in school textbooks within the PA educational system educate Palestinian pupils to reject Israel, Zionism and Jews on moral, political, nationalistic and religious grounds. Jews and Zionists are systematically depicted as enemies, deceitful, treacherous, plunderers, aggressors and inhumane. The heralding of Jihad (Holy War) and legitimizing of martyrs/terrorists permeate both PA textbooks and summer camps. Martyrs are promised unique rewards in Paradise, including unlimited sex with 70 virgins per martyr.

      A few examples follow:

      "The first words the young boy heard were the words Jihad, attack and conquest...For him no joy equaled the participation in Jihad...Nothing gave him more pleasure than the sight of the enemy lying dead on the battlefield...Coming down on them, blow after blow, crushing their skulls..."

      (The Conqueror of Africa, 6th grade, pp 6,7,43,93,96).

      "One must beware of the Jews, for they are treacherous and disloyal"

      (Islamic Education, 9th grade, p.79).

      "Jihad and sacrifice are a duty...draw your sword, let us gather for war with red blood and blazing fire...Death shall call and the sword shall be crazed for such slaughter...Oh Palestine, the youth shall redeem your land..." (Reader and Literary Texts, 8th grade, pp.120-122).

      "The final and inevitable result [of Jihad] will be victory of the Moslems over the Jews..." (Our Arabic Language, 5th grade, p.67).



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