The JERUSALEM POST OF MAY 29TH,2019 , titled “KUSHNER, GREENBLATT EXPECTED TO VISIT MIDDLE EAST THIS WEEK” reported that US Presidential envoys Kushner and Greenblatt are “expected to discuss only the economic component” of the peace plan at this time.
Is there not a danger that their singular focus on economics will allow the Palestinian Authority to continue to operate a school system based on war indoctrination – without any objection?
The Center for Near East Policy Research, which I direct, took upon itself the responsibility to examine attitudes to war and peace which appear in Palestinian Authority schoolbooks used by the PA and UNRWA, ever since the PA issued its new school books in the August 2000
The center gained access to new PA school books after I asked permission to examine these texts from the late PLO chairman Yassir Arafat, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who assured me that new PA textbooks would promote peace and reconciliation.
However, all 364 PA schoolbooks used by the PA and by UNRWA were examined and found to be devoid of any hint of education for either peace or co-existence.
A new PA textbook for Grade 3 glorifies the necessity of “exterminating” foreigners and “scattered remnants”, namely, the country’s Jewish inhabitants, following the removal of Israel (the “ usurper” is the terminology used for Israel in PA textbooks )
Another new PA textbook, for Grade 5, presents the terrorist Dalal al- Mughrabi, who led the terrorist attack on a civilian bus on Israel, Coastal Highway in 1978,murdering 38 people, including 13 children, as a role model for the students.
Such “education” represents nothing less than vile indoctrination and that is what must first be addressed , if any semblance of peace is to be achieved.
White House sources confirm that President Trump saw the new PA school books and that their content outraged him.
Before economics, that is where Kushner and Greenblatt must place their attention.
If they do, they will earn the respect of the President of the United States, who has delegated them on a mission of peace in the Middle East.