This report updates the previous study about how Jews, Israel and peace appear in Palestinian Authority (PA) textbooks.3 The study was conducted by Dr. Arnon Groiss and commissioned by the Center for Near East Policy Research, directed by David Bedein. The previous study was based on 150 textbooks dealing with various subjects, most of which were printed in the PA between 2013 and 2017. In 2016 the PA began a project for the new publication of the textbooks in use in its schools, which necessitated an update. When the textbooks for the first to tenth grades had been updated and printed, a further study was done by Dr. Groiss and the results appear below. The current study covers 118 textbooks, the vast majority of which were published in 2017 and replaced most of the textbooks
in use in 2016.
The findings of Dr. Groiss’ study are similar to other studies conducted during the past decade dealing with Palestinian textbooks (some of which were reported on in ITIC bulletins). The studies repeatedly show the presence of hostility to Israel in the Palestinian educational system, which is a function of the Palestinian ethos on which generations of Palestinians have been raised, including the current generation. That ethos has led to a culture of hatred for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, and fuels the incitement, terrorism and ongoing violent struggle against Israel.