Palestinian Authority Education: A Recipe for Hate and Terror

Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2013

Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2013

Palestinian Media Watch has prepared a comprehensive report on Palestinian Authority education. It includes chapters on names of schools (dozens named after terrorists), school activities (e.g., visiting homes of terrorists), statements and activities of educators (e.g., presenting murderers as role models and promising a world without Israel), schoolbooks, informal education (children reciting poems on kids’ TV programs: e.g., Jews are monkeys and pigs; Tel Aviv is “occupied Palestine”), and a chapter with examples of honoring Hitler.

PMW has prepared this report documenting that hate, Antisemitism and honoring of murderers are fundamental elements of PA education, and showing the PA’s central role in undermining peace.

Introduction

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

[Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Autobiography (1994)]

Peace begins with education. Palestinian Media Watch has researched the Palestinian Authority’s education to determine to what extent peace is promoted by the structures the PA controls and/or funds. This report reviews the names of Palestinian schools, school activities, and examines public statements by educators and Ministry of Education officials. The report likewise evaluates to what extent PA schoolbooks, educational TV, and a PA-funded children’s magazine promote or undermine peace.

Tragically, the Palestinian Authority under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas is doing exactly what Mandela warned against: The PA is teaching its children to hate. The PA and the politically dominant Fatah movement that is also headed by Abbas, teach Palestinian children through their official communication structures that Jews and Israelis possess inherently evil character traits. Fighting them is therefore said to be heroic and even Allah’s will. Terrorists who have murdered dozens of Israeli civilians are said to be national heroes and Islamic Martyrs.

Common PA hate messages include:

  • Israel has no right to exist
  • Israel will disappear and be replaced by “Palestine”
  • Violence – “armed struggle” – is legitimate to fight Israel
  • Muslims must fight an eternal Islamic war against Israel
  • Killers of Israelis are heroes and role models
  • Martyrdom-death for Allah is the utmost honor

Children recited poems on official PA TV children’s educational programs in recent years with the following messages:

  • Jews are “monkeys and pigs”
  • Jews are “enemies of Allah”
  • Jews are “most evil of creations”
  • Zion is “Satan with a tail”

When children repeat these hate messages they are not corrected by the moderators of the children’s programs, instead TV hosts often give them prominence and even applaud them. When a boy told a PA TV news reporter that he had learned in school to “fight the Jews and kill them” his statement was included in the PA TV evening new report without comment or contradiction. (See Chapter 4.)

Hitler has been honored by some Palestinian schools and a PA-funded educational magazine, and the PA has named dozens of schools after terrorist murderers of civilians and one school was named after a Nazi collaborator and war criminal responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians.

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