Published in the Jerusalem Post on JUNE 26, 2016
With regard to “US congressmen to investigate UNRWA schools for inciting terrorism, Rep. Lamborn tells ‘Post’” (June 21), http://israelbehindthenews.com/us-congressmen-investigate-unrwa-schools-inciting-terrorism/14803/
there is a quote from UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, who claims that textbooks in UNRWA schools “have been subjected to close examination…and found to be largely free of incitement.”
However, when I checked the schoolbooks used by UNRWA that the Center for Near East Policy Research reviewed and examined, I found this claim to be less than accurate. The following quotes are pulled from various texts: • National Education, a 5th-grade textbook, describes Israel as an “occupation” established “at the hands of the Zionist Organizations” (p. 30) rather than a land given to the Jewish people by the 1947 UN partition resolution.
- Faith, an 11th-grade textbook, says that the End of Days “will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims will kill them to a point that a Jew will hide behind a rock or a tree” (p. 94).
- In Reading and Texts, an 8th-grade textbook, it is written: “O brother, the oppressors [Israelis] have exceeded all bounds, and jihad and sacrifice are necessary” (p. 44).
- Our Beautiful Language, another 5th-grade text, contains a poem saying: “Under the flag of glory, jihad and struggle/With blood, sacrifice, fraternity and loyalty/We are returning” (p. 50).
Gunness assures us that “UNWRA has in place a system of checks and balances to ensure that no incitement is taught,” yet the text suggests that the Jewish people are squatters and oppressors who must be removed with jihad and struggle, through fighting and killing