Palestinian Schoolbooks: Planting Seeds of the Next War

(International Herald Tribune)Itamar Marcus - One of the most meaningful gauges of the integrity of a peace process is the degree to which the "peace partners" educate toward peace. Instead of educating future generations to live with Israel in peace, the PA has done everything in its power to teach hatred to young minds. Palestinian schoolbooks, both old and new, incite hatred, violence, and anti-Semitism. In the new 6th grade book Reading the Koran, children read about Allah's warning to the Jews that because of their evil Allah will kill them. In the new textbooks, Israel is delegitimized and portrayed as a foreign colonial occupier. All of Israel's cities, regions, and natural resources are defined as being part of "Palestine." Denying recognition of Israel's existence is cemented through tens of maps in the schoolbooks in which "Palestine" encompasses all of Israel. All these new Palestinian schoolbooks were written during the most optimistic periods of the peace process, before the violence began in September 2000.

2004-12-24 00:00:00

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