Peace Must Start in Palestinian Schools

(Jerusalem Post) Marcus Sheff - The American "Peace to Prosperity" plan quite rightly focuses on enhancing Palestinian education. It is the school system that passes on the values that shape subsequent generations. By the time Palestinian students finish school, they have been thoroughly radicalized by the current Palestinian textbooks. Comprehensive research by IMPACT-se has shown that anti-Semitism is now more prevalent than in previous Palestinian curricula. No examples of cooperation between Israel and the PA are taught, and there is no education for coexistence. Instead, Palestinian textbooks are replete with encouragement to violence. Young Palestinians are taught to aspire to a life dedicated to jihad - that martyrdom is a realistic and recommended life goal. They are told that choosing death is better than choosing life. The writer is CEO of IMPACT-se - The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education.

2019-07-05 00:00:00

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