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The Problem with Palestinian Textbooks

(Photo: UNRWA)

Many Palestinian schoolchildren are taught from textbooks that consistently delegitimize and demonize Israel. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Bassam Tawil says that there is a movement afoot to change that – but it’s doubtful whether it will actually happen:

In these currently-used books, Zionism is defined as a colonialist movement that was founded by European Jews in order to gather Jews from all around the world and bring them to Palestine. No mention is made of the religious or historical connection of Jews to the Land of Israel or to Jerusalem. Instead, the UNRWA textbooks teach that Jewish holy sites such as the Western Wall, Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs are Muslim holy sites.

Not surprisingly, vicious rivals though they are, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have joined forces to thwart UNRWA's planned changes to the textbooks. This is an issue that these two corrupt regimes can agree on: inciting children against Israel and denying its existence.

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