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Research Exposes State Dept. Lie that PA Textbooks Do not Incite

The State Dept. has systematically covered up the truth that the Palestinian Authority teaches incitement against Israel.
PA television's teaches the younger generation that Israel is Satan.

PA television's teaches the younger generation that Israel is Satan.
Photo Credit: Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)

A study that translated 150 new Palestinian Authority textbooks used by a U.N. educational body exposes the lies in a former U.S. State Dept. funded study that the PA school system is not a source of incitement against Israel.

The Near East Policy Research Center study reveals that the textbooks say Jews have no rights to Israel, including to Jewish holy sites, and are not considered legitimate residents of the country. The name “Israel” appears less than a handful of times on the textbooks’ maps and is usually replaced with Palestine, and areas inside pre-1967 Israel are described exclusively as Palestinian.

The Near East Policy Research Center sent a letter to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs 250 schools in Gaza and 100 in the West Bank, asking it to correct the deficiencies in the textbooks.

The findings are a confirmation of previous reports, including those by Palestinian Media Watch, that despite Obama administration claims that the Palestinian Authority has curbed incitement, its school system increasingly spews out hate and teaches children that Israel should not exist.

Barely one year ago, a different study concluded that anti-Israel incitement was far less than reported by critics.

And guess who funded the in-depth study.

None other than the anti-Israeli zombies running around the U.S. State Dept., which has spent billions of dollars the past 40 years to create a fiction that the “Occupation” is the cause and source of anti-Israel incitement.

A State Dept. official, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity” of the issue but described by JTA as “an official who works closely with mainstream Jewish organizations,” proudly stated last year  that the conclusion “obviously cuts down one of the pegs and a linchpin in the argument that the Israel government makes, that the Palestinian Authority is teaching hatred to their kids.”

The study was called “Victims of our own Narratives?” and praised both Israel and the Palestinian Authority for publishing textbooks virtually free of “dehumanizing and demonizing characterizations of the other.”

The State Dept. shelled out your money for the survey by a group called the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land, a multifaith body that aims “to prevent religion from being used as a source of conflict, and to promote mutual respect,” according to its website. It claims to be comprised of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, the Palestinian Islamic Waqf, and the heads of Christian churches in Israel and the West Bank.

However, a closer look at the group discloses who really is running it – the dean of a church in the anti-Israeli Church of Norway and an Arab whom the website says “grew up in the holy – yet divided – city of Jerusalem.”

That explains the survey’s conclusions, far from the truth.

One of the Israeli members of the study, Arnon Groiss, said he has reservations about the methodology and could not attach his name to the final report, which he said he has not seen, JTA reported last year..

The State Dept.-funded study was a sleight of hand to produce misleading conclusions. The research compared Israeli and Palestinian Authority textbooks describing each other in a positive or critical light.

Yale University psychiatry professor Bruce Wexler, who led the survey team, made “comparisons between promotion of education for peace on the one side and education that calls for the annihilation of the other side,” said Yossi Kuperwasser, the director of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs. “It’s like comparing apples and giraffes.”

A statement from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs picks out passages in Palestinian textbooks it says the study ignores; many of them implicitly negate Israel by referring or depicting the entire territory as “Palestine.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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33 Responses to “Research Exposes State Dept. Lie that PA Textbooks Do not Incite”

  1. No surprise with a Muslim president.

  2. Oh, really? I never would have dreamed something like that(tongue in cheek). And those scum want a settlement with Israel? Why bother-look what happened in Gaza. Would this be any different? You cannot deal with those savages, so Fuggedaboudit.

  3. Oh, really? I never would have dreamed something like that(tongue in cheek). And those scum want a settlement with Israel? Why bother-look what happened in Gaza. Would this be any different? You cannot deal with those savages, so Fuggedaboudit.

  4. Well…. That just proves all of government is STUPID!!

  5. Well…. That just proves all of government is STUPID!!

  6. this is part of the tsuris

  7. this is part of the tsuris

  8. Loren Renee says:

    No surprise. And the problem is decades in the making. Long before Obama.

  9. Loren Renee says:

    No surprise. And the problem is decades in the making. Long before Obama.

  10. Avi Rosen says:

    She forgot the horns…. Shucks

  11. Every Israeli knows this….why does it surprise the rest of the world? And don’t blame the current President. …it started long before he took office.

  12. Larry H. Gentry says:

    I'm an American and this makes me SICK!

  13. Gary Gien says:

    And these are the kids that get raped by their 89 year old husbands

  14. Gary Gien says:

    And these are the kids that get raped by their 89 year old husbands

  15. Dean Petree says:

    This is why we real American patriots must be vigilant and defend Israel. The enemies of Israel are Gods enemies.

  16. Dean Petree says:

    This is why we real American patriots must be vigilant and defend Israel. The enemies of Israel are Gods enemies.

  17. The White House has Muslim terrorists in their office!

  18. The White House has Muslim terrorists in their office!

  19. Vicki Jones says:

    The only true enemy of any person is their own mind’s perceptions! We are all the same; we are born, we seek love, we die. Peace is mankind’s truest perception!

  20. So the Obama Administration lied. It wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last.

  21. JoAnn Morris says:

    So sad these beautiful children are taught to hate.

  22. It starts in Kindergarten with stolen Disney characters teaching hate against Jews and Israel and the virtues of killing innocents. I’ve seen the videos that were smuggled out years ago. And we just keep sending tax dollars to them even after they danced in the streets and handed out candies in celebration, as the Twin Towers were collapsing in a fireball, and the office workers were jumping; prefering suicide to buring to death.

  23. David N
    You just can’t cont to have foreigner in the WHITE HOUSE
    The ignorant voted him in

  24. Alia Arif says:

    There is a global movement to incite hatred against Israel.

  25. Omar A. Omar says:

    USA and UK are responsible and must pay for their mistake, they inserted an illegal state in the ME which is Israel making the ME unstable and full of terror and violence and it will keep so as long as ISRAEL exist, Israel must be removed the same way it is found. USA and UK are responsible for all Israeli crimes as much as Israel is since they always support Israel

  26. Peter Korman says:

    Let's gather all the source material used by both studies for translation and inspection. And let us witness who has objections to exposing both to the sunlight of public review.

  27. As Larry Gentry said, I'm and American and this makes me SICK! However, being and American Indian, I probably don't have as much faith in the word of American government as he might.

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