Teachers work hard to find real-life examples to help pique the interests of their skeptical students. Teachers in UNRWA schools face the same challenge. But to teach science to Palestinian students in Gaza, the West Bank, and parts of East Jerusalem, these teachers rely on textbooks that promote a program of incitement and violence against Jews.
A seventh-grade science textbook has an illustration of a boy with his head wrapped in a kiffeya, aiming a sling shot at Israeli soldiers.
The text reads:
DURING THE FIRST PALESTINIAN UPRISING, PALESTINIAN YOUTHS USED SLINGSHOTS TO CONFRONT THE SOLDIERS OF THE ZIONIST OCCUPATION AND DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM THEIR TREACHEROUS BULLETS. WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ELONGATION OF THE SLINGSHOT’S RUBBER AND THE TENSILE STRENGTH AFFECTING IT? WHAT ARE THE FORCES THAT INFLUENCE THE STONE AFTER ITS RELEASE FROM THE SLINGSHOT?
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