Sept. 9, 2018
In the New Year, The Center for Near East Policy Research has again engaged the expertise of Dr. Arnon Groiss to examine and translate the newest Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks for Grades 11 and 12 in terms of their attitude to Israel and to peace.
These 33 new school books, published on Sept. 1, 2018 for the new school year, will be presented for all donor nations at the UN in October, followed by special briefings for legislative bodies in Jerusalem, Washington, Ottawa, London, Stockholm and Canberra.
The following are 3 examples taken from the books of grades 11 and 12 that are currently under study:
- The goal of the Palestinian people’s Resistance is uprooting the State of Israel (referred to as “the Zionist Entity”) from the Middle East:
The following item has been taken from a history textbook for grade 12. The red-underlined part has been translated into English and the turquoise-framed part has been rendered in bold letters.
“…The Zionist Entity, which was established on the land of Arab Palestine as a barrier preventing the unification of the two parts of the great Arab homeland [in Asia and Africa], and which aspires to sow the seeds of dissension and internal struggle in all Arab and Muslim societies in order to prevent the creation of Arab unity among the sons of the Arab nation that will act in support of the Palestinian people’s Resistance for the achievement of its independence and [for] the extirpation [isti’sal] of this artificial and foreign Entity from the Arab region…”
(History Studies, Grade 12, Draft (No date ) p. 145)
- The “Munich operation of 1972” (the killing of 11 members of the Israeli team to the Olympic Games) is part and parcel of the Palestinian Resistance:
The following item has been taken from a history textbook for grade 11. It has been translated into English from the beginning until the end of the underlined part. This latter part has been put in bold.
“The Palestinian Resistance resorted to many methods in its resistance to Zionist occupation. The Palestinian Fedais [members of the Palestinian armed organizations] pursued the method of guerrilla warfare in most of their confrontations with the Zionists inside the Palestinian territories, and they also resorted to striking the Zionist interest abroad, like the Munich operation of 1972…”
(History Studies, Grade 11, Part 2 (2017) p. 54)
- A demonizing question in mathematics (translated in full):
“3. One of the settlers opens fire on the cars passing through one of the roads. If the probability of his hitting a car by one bullet is 0.7 and the settler shot at 10 cars, what do you expect to be the number of the cars that were hit?”
(Mathematics, Grade 11 [Humanities] (2017) p. 55)