Palestinians schoolbooks are racist and teach hate and violence

The Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (www.edume.org) has published a reports that examines the Palestinian schoolbooks printed in the academic years 2001 and 2002.

The struggle for the liberation of Palestine is presented mainly as a military one. There is no direct support of terror in the textbooks, but the Feda'i and the Shahid are praised as the spearheads of this struggle. Palestinians hanged by British Mandate authorities for murders of Jewish civilians are presented as Shahids. Those arrested and jailed in Israeli jails for acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians are depicted as "prisoners of war". Jihad continues to be glorified and martyrdom is praised, with special attention given to the martyrs of Palestine.

There is no attempt to encourage reconciliation with Israel. Israel is presented exclusively as inhumane and greedy. It has destroyed the Palestinian villages, driven them away, seized their lands and water, inflicted on them pain and loss, taken over their holy places. Israel is responsible for the obliteration of Palestinian Arab national identity, the crippling of Palestinian economy, and for social and ecological ills.

The Palestinian textbooks use Terminology that is associated with war and violence and is likely to create prejudice, misunderstanding and conflict, such as: "The demographic weapon" will play "a positive role in winning the Arab-Israeli conflict" (The Palestinian Society-Demographic Education, Grade 11 (2000), p. 29), and :

"The coming of the Jewish throngs to Palestine continued until 1948 and their goal was taking over the Palestinian lands and then taking the original inhabitants' place after their expulsion or extermination." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20). [...]

*The term "the interior" [al-dakhel] is commonly used by the Palestinians to denote the territory of the State of Israel without having to name it as such. The expression "the Palestinians of the interior" refers to the Arab citizens of Israel.

These books of hate were published thanks to the European Union who has sent 5.9 billion dollars to the Palestinians in the last 5 years.

I place this entry in the "Terrorism" category since it helps explain the hate and racism that would create such a phenomenon as the Palestinian genocide bombers (what the Palestinian call "shahids" or "Martyrs") and their deliberate killing of unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children.

I copy the full text of the report below (for pictures and links please visit the original site here).





Jews, Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks
The Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace
http://www.edume.org/reports/7/toc.htm

Executive Summary
In the two academic years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) introduced 55 new textbooks and two teachers' guides for grades 1,2,6,7 and 11. CMIP has conducted a comprehensive survey of these textbooks in order to determine how they relate to peace, tolerance, recognition and reconciliation according to criteria set by the international community.

CMIP has found that the new PNA textbooks do not fulfill these criteria in educating to peace and reconciliation with Israel, but rather foster a multi-faceted rejection of its existence. The educational approach employed by the PNA does not reflect international standards as defined by UNESCO (see their criteria in the Introduction). The textbooks do not teach acceptance of Israel's existence on the national level, and instead of working to erase hateful stereotypes, the new PNA curriculum is instilling them into the next generation's consciousness.

The concept of peace with Israel is not to be found anywhere in the Palestinian schoolbooks. The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, based on the Oslo Accords, is not mentioned. They fail to teach the youth to see Israel as a neighbor with whom peaceful relations should be desired.

Tolerance, both in a historical and a contemporary context, is addressed at length in the Palestinian textbooks. It is described as being based on Islam's traditional approach of "accepting the members of the monotheistic religions" and "respecting the People of the Book in their religion, property and ceremonies". However, in their examples, the textbooks refer only to tolerance between Moslems and Christians. The Jews are not mentioned.

The Jewish connection to the Holy Land is confined to antiquity. From the Roman period onwards this Jewish link is ignored. The Jews' return to Palestine is described as "infiltration". Zionism is mentioned in a negative context only. The Jews are not "deserving" of Palestine. Hebrew is not considered one of the languages of the land.

The State of Israel, a member state of the UN since 1949, is not recognized. It is referred to by substitute names such as the lands within the "green line", "interior" or "1948 lands". Its name does not appear on any map, nor do any towns, villages and projects (industries, harbors, railways, etc.) created and developed by Israel. Israel is presented as the usurper and occupier since its establishment in 1948.

By contrast, the State of Palestine (Dawlat Filastin) is often referred to and its name appears with the official emblem of the Palestinian National Authority, on the cover and the front page of many textbooks. Palestine stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and is exclusively Arab. The 5.5 million Jewish inhabitants are not counted.

The maps that appear in the textbooks continue to disregard the existence of the State of Israel. In most cases no names are given at all. In other cases Israel's place on the map is marked "Palestine". There are several maps that delineate the contours of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but do not name them. Areas located in the territory of Israel within its 1949 borders, such as the Negev, are presented as an integral part of Palestine. The Arab population of Israel is counted among the inhabitants of Palestine.

Jerusalem is presented as belonging to the Palestinians alone, and as the capital of Palestine. Its central importance and holiness for the Jews are not mentioned, neither is the fact that the Jewish population constitutes the vast majority of its inhabitants.

The holy places in Palestine are exclusively Muslim and Christian. There is no reference to Jewish holy places as such. Rather, they are presented as Muslim holy places that the Jews have attempted to Judaize, such as the "Tomb of the Patriarchs" in Hebron, "the Western Wall" a.k.a. "the Wailing Wall", in Jerusalem, and "Rachel's Tomb" in Bethlehem.

There are a series of references to the liberation of Palestine, presented as a struggle against Israeli occupation. At times, the liberation from Israeli occupation points to the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip occupied by Israel in 1967. Sometimes this expression refers to the territory of the State of Israel, within its 1949 borders. There is an explicit reference to the Israeli occupation of 1948 and another to the need to establish an independent Palestinian state on the entire national soil.

The struggle for the liberation of Palestine is presented mainly as a military one. There is no direct support of terror in the textbooks, but the Feda'i and the Shahid are praised as the spearheads of this struggle. Palestinians hanged by British Mandate authorities for murders of Jewish civilians are presented as Shahids. Those arrested and jailed in Israeli jails for acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians are depicted as "prisoners of war". Jihad continues to be glorified and martyrdom is praised, with special attention given to the martyrs of Palestine.

There is no attempt to encourage reconciliation with Israel. Israel is presented exclusively as inhumane and greedy. It has destroyed the Palestinian villages, driven them away, seized their lands and water, inflicted on them pain and loss, taken over their holy places. Israel is responsible for the obliteration of Palestinian Arab national identity, the crippling of Palestinian economy, and for social and ecological ills.

Israel is accused of being responsible for the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem, with no consideration being given to the consequences of the Arab and Palestinian rejection of the 1947 UN Partition Plan. The solution to this problem presented in PNA textbooks is "the return of every refugee" to his former home, i.e. to the territory of the State of Israel within its 1949 borders.

Although bilateral treaties and accords have determined the allocation of land and water between Israel and the Palestinians by mutual agreement, (The Israeli-Palestinian Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 1995, Article XI and Appendix I article 40,and the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty 1994, Annex II.). Israel is accused of robbing the lands and waters from the Palestinians.

Reference to the Jews is minimal. Although their historical connections to Palestine are mentioned, these references do not provide the pupils with at least a basic knowledge of Jews and Judaism, as one of the three monotheistic religions. Several of these references, however, contain negative generalizations attributing traits of trickery, greed and barbarity to the Jews, and insinuation that they do not keep agreements and treaties as Muslims do. Accusations of racial discrimination that were leveled against Israel in a textbook published in 1995 have since been removed (in 1996 and 2000).

Inaccuracies in determining and presenting historical facts appear in several instances, particularly in the textbooks of Grade 7. For example, statements such as: "[Israeli] attempts at obliterating the artistic [Palestinian] heritage: …Setting fire to the antique pulpit of Saladin in the al-Aqsa Mosque." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55). "The Arab Jebusites built it [Jerusalem] five thousand years ago in that distinguished place and it has remained since that time a capital of Palestine during the ages." (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 77) are to be found in the textbooks, as well as the falsification of a stamp issued by the British Mandatory Government.

The Palestinian textbooks use Terminology that is associated with war and violence and is likely to create prejudice,misunderstanding and conflict, such as: "The demographic weapon" will play "a positive role in winning the Arab-Israeli conflict" (The Palestinian Society-Demographic Education, Grade 11 (2000), p. 29), and :"The coming of the Jewish throngs to Palestine continued until 1948 and their goal was taking over the Palestinian lands and then taking the original inhabitants' place after their expulsion or extermination." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20)

The tendency towards educating pupils to reject and delegitimize Israel that was prevalent in the PNA textbooks of 2000-2001 has not been addressed in the new textbooks. Instead, it appears to have gained impetus through instilling animosity and the implicit aspiration to replace the State of Israel with the State of Palestine.

Part One: The Jews

Chapter I: The Jews as a People
I. The Jews as a People

Reference to the Jews is minimal and does not provide the pupils with at least a basic knowledge of Jews and Judaism as one of the three monotheistic religions. There are several generalizations attributing traits of trickery, greed, and barbarity to the Jews, and insinuations that they do not keep agreements and treaties as Muslims do.

1. The Jews of Medieval Times

"Yathrib [today's Medina] was established in an agricultural oasis, north of Mecca. The two tribes of Aws and Khazraj dwelt in it. Jewish tribes settled there [as well] and were active in agriculture and [other] vocations." (History of the Arabs and Muslims, Grade 6, p. 11)

"The Second Unit: The Emergence of Islam The Unit's Goals: … 6. Comparing the position of Muslims and Jews in keeping agreements and treaties." (History of the Arabs and Muslims, Grade 6, p. 24)

"The Messenger [Muhammad] ordered Zayd Bin Thabet to learn the Jews' language in order to be safe from their trickery." (History of the Arabs and Muslims, Grade 6, p. 133)

"The Messenger of God organized the relationship between the Muslims as a nation apart and the Jewish tribes who lived in Medina and its surroundings. These tribes did not welcome the immigration [Hijrah] of the Messenger of God and the Muslims from Mecca to Medina but they did not show any opposition or controversy [either]. In the document between him and them he left them with absolute freedom regarding their religion and property. Among the most important clauses that appear in that document [are the following ones]:

The Jews have their own religion and the Muslims have their own religion.
They must support one another against anyone who fights against the people of this document or against anyone who attacks Yathrib [Medina]…"
(Islamic Education, Grade 7, pt. 1, p. 75)

"Homework: The Messenger strove to established good and clear relations between the [Muslim] Immigrants [Muhajirun - from Mecca] and the [muslim] Supporters [Ansar - of medina] on one hand and the polytheists and the Jews [i.e., the non-Muslim inhabitants of Medina] on the other hand. Resort to the books of the sirah [Muhamad's biography] and write a report about the attitude of the Jews towards that relation." (Islamic Education, Grade 7, pt. 1, p. 77)

"[Caliph] al-Ma'mun used to respect the Jewish and Christian scientists and be affectionate towards them in his company because of their education in the Arabs' language and [because of] their knowledge of the Greek language and its literature. They translated books of philosophy, history, geometry and other [books]." (History of the Arabs and Muslims, Grade 6, p. 134)

2. The Jews in Modern Times

References to modern-day Jews in the Palestinian textbooks:
"1. Mention the attitude of the Ottoman State towards the greedy ambitions of the Jews regarding Palestine." (Homework, National Education, Grade 7, p. 22)

"The Jews saw her [a Palestinian teacher who helped the injured people in the village of Deir Yassin in the war of 1948] from afar saving an Arab youth, so they directed their fire towards her. A fatal bullet hit her and she fell as a martyr among the martyrs of Deir Yassin." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 7, pt. 1, p. 95)

"The coming of the Jewish throngs to Palestine continued until 1948 and their goal was taking over the Palestinian lands and then taking the original inhabitants' place after their expulsion or extermination." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20)

"The submission of Palestine to the British Mandate at the beginning of the last century brought about the increase of the Palestinian industry's backwardness as a result of putting obstacles such as: … 4. the Jewish competition." (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 60).

Chapter II: The Jews and Palestine
II. The Jews and Palestine

Although they acknowledge Jewish ancient history in the land, the Palestinian textbooks ignore the historical links of the Jews to Palestine from the Roman period onwards. The return of the Jews to Palestine since the 16th century is described as infiltration. The Jews do not "deserve" Palestine. Jews are not counted among its inhabitants. Jewish holy places in Palestine are ignored or presented as Muslim holy places usurped by the Jews. The Jews' language - Hebrew - is not considered one of the languages of the land and is portrayed as a dialect.

3. The Jews in Ancient Palestine

The Jews, and their ancient kingdoms and dynasties, are referred to several times in the Palestinian textbooks as part of Palestine's ancient history.

"Palestine throughout the Ages …The Jews – the Kingdom of David 1000-923 BC The Northern Kingdom of Israel 923-722 BC The Kingdom of Judea 923-586 BC" (Excerpts from a historical table that appears twice: 1. History of the Middle Ages, Grade 7, p. 105 2. National Education, Grade 7, p. 3)

"Jaffa is a harbor and a city in Palestine… The Maccabeans and the Seleucids exchanged [authority over] it." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 6, pt. 1, p. 120)

"There was between them [the Samaritans] and the Jews a strong enmity." (Christian Education, Grade 7, p. 58)

"The priests of the Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy." (Christian Education, Grade 7, p. 71)

"After King Solomon the kingdom was split into two parts. Then came the king of Babylon, took over Jerusalem, destroyed the temple and the inhabitants were exiled to Babylon. The people lived a long [time] in exile. When they returned, they lived under the authority of a foreign rule (Persian, Greek, Roman) until the coming of Lord Christ. " (Christian Education, Grade 7, p. 19)

4. The Jewish infiltration into Palestine in Modern Times

"The Jewish infiltration into Palestine began [long] before the emergence of the Zionist political movement following the first Zionist Congress that was convened in the city of Basel in Switzerland in 1897. The first of these infiltrations took place at the beginning of the Ottoman rule in Palestine [in the 16th century] and brought about the formation of a Jewish community in the country. Most of it settled in the city of Jerusalem.

"The number of Jews in Palestine was estimated in 1832 at about 1500. In 1860 their number became about 15 thousand. In 1881 their number reached approximately 22 thousand and most of them were concentrated in Jerusalem. The abominable British Mandate and the unfortunate Balfour Declaration supported the Jewish immigration to Palestine and in 1944 the number of Arab inhabitants reached 1,363,387 and that of the Jews – 614,229." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 21)

"The first wave of Jewish settlers from Russia arrived in Palestine in 1882 and the second wave was in 1905. The coming of the Jewish throngs to Palestine continued until 1948 and their goal was taking over the Palestinian lands and then taking the original inhabitants' place after their expulsion or extermination." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20)

"Let us clarify the development of the Jewish immigration to Palestine in the 19th and 20th centuries, demonstrating the role of the British Mandate in this respect." (Homework, The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 37)

"…collective immigration that is politically oriented with the objective of realizing planned goals and purposes, such as the immigration of the Jews of the world to Palestine." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 34)
[Taken from "Zionism"]

5. The Jews do not "Deserve" Palestine

"The Balfour Declaration fits the saying 'the one who does not own gave to the one who does not deserve.' Comment on this saying." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 22)

6. The Jews in Today's Palestine

The term "Palestine" in the Palestinian textbooks refers to the whole area stretching between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including the territories of the State of Israel. In the following chart enumerating the inhabitants of this area today, one finds Israel's Arab population and even the Palestinians living abroad, but not the 5.5 million Jewish inhabitants.

"The Inhabitants of Palestine on 1.2.1999
1. The West Bank 1,973,000 }
2. Gaza 1,113,000 }36%
3. The Palestinians of the Interior* 1,094,000 13%
4. The Palestinians of the Diaspora 4,419,000 51%
Total: 8,598,000 100%
(National Education, Grade 6, 2000, p. 11)

*The term "the interior" [al-dakhel] is commonly used by the Palestinians to denote the territory of the State of Israel without having to name it as such. The expression "the Palestinians of the interior" refers to the Arab citizens of Israel.

The only mention of the Jewish population in the region is to explain its increase as a result of immigration, ignoring natural growth.

"Immigration constitutes the fundamental factor of the Jewish population growth in Palestine." (Principles in Human Geography, Grade 6, p. 23)
"The Jewish settler immigration." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 9)

The Jewish presence in the country is ignored as well in all the maps where cities established by Jews, such as Tel Aviv, never appear. This is also the case with roads and railroads constructed by Israel. Below are several maps – some of many – which illustrate this.

" I will look at the map of Palestine and the four points of the compass."
Tel Aviv, Netanya and large cities established by the Jews do not appear on any map.

"Map of transportation in Palestine"
The railroad to Beer Sheba and Dimona is absent from the transportation map as well as the ports of Ashdod and Eilat.

The Holy Places

The holy places in Palestine are exclusively Christian and Muslim. No Jewish holy places are mentioned as such in the Palestinian textbooks. The ones that are mentioned are presented as Muslim holy places threatened by Judaization.

"The Christian Holy Places in Palestine"
(National Education, Grade 7, p. 64)

"The Muslim Holy Places in Palestine"
(National Education, Grade 7, p. 67)
These are two sections of a chapter about the holy places in Palestine. There is no third section about the Jewish holy places in the country.

"Activity 3: We will collect photographs of the Muslim and Christian holy places in Palestine and assort them on a cardboard sheet." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 14)

"Jerusalem… is the focus of attention of the world because of the Muslim and Christian holy places there." (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 76)

"Activity 2: Let us prepare a report about the city of noble Jerusalem and the most important Muslim and Christian holy places there, based on one of the Internet sites, and read it to the students as one of the activities." (Civic Education, Grade 7, p. 37)

"C. The Sanctuary of Abraham
Abraham erected it. Within it there is the Cave of the Machpelah which includes the tombs of our lord Abraham and his wife Sarah, Isaac and his wife Rebecca, and Jacob and his wife Leah." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 68)

The Machpelah sanctuary is holy to the Jews as well, which is not mentioned here. Rather, the Jews are accused of attempting to Judaize Muslim holy places.

"The attempt to Judaize some of the Muslim religious places like the Mosque of Abraham [the Machpelah sanctuary] and the Mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55).
Bilal Bin Rabbah was one of Prophet Muhammad's companions.

Rachel's tomb is presented as "The Mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah (Bethlehem)"

"The Mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah (Bethlehem)" (National Education, Grade 7 (2001), p. 54)
The inscription under the photograph below of Rachel's Tomb, in Bethlehem, a holy place for the Jews. In a previous textbook, this holy place was still called:

"The Tomb of Rachel: mother of our lord Joseph and wife of Jacob." (Palestinian National Education, Grade 6 (1996), p. 89)

"Several Palestinian, Arab and Islamic centers and associations are working for the revival of the Palestinian Arab heritage in order to safeguard the Arab character of Palestine, and of Jerusalem in particular. They have issued educational brochures and publications defending Palestine and its heritage, such as: Al-Buraq Wall – The Wailing Wall [Ha'it al-Mabka] The Mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah – Rachel's Dome [Qubbat Rahil]." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 56)*

*[According to Muslim belief, the Prophet Muhammad tied his heavenly beast, al-Buraq, to the Wailing Wall while ascending to Heaven during the night of al-Israa and al-Mi'raj. For the Jews, the Wailing Wall (Western Wall) is the only remaining part of their ancient Temple that was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70. As such, it is considered the holiest Jewish place of worship today.]

"… the Jews' attempts at controlling the al-Buraq Wall." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 21)

8. The Hebrew Language

There is a case where the Hebrew part of an inscription is deleted from a stamp of British Mandate Palestine and another case where the Hebrew language is referred to as a dialect.

Exercise 2: Draw a line between the word and the picture. Jebus, Gaza, Land of Canaan." (National Education, Grade 2, pt 1, 2001, p. 7)

The stamp in the Palestinian textbook bears inscriptions in English and Arabic only, whereas the original one – like all other official documents of the Mandate Government of Palestine – bore inscriptions in the three official languages of that time, namely, English, Arabic and Hebrew. The inscription in Hebrew was deleted as can be seen in the photograph of the original stamp:

"C. Attempts at obliterating the artistic [Palestinian] heritage [by Israel], such as: a. transplanting the genuine Arabic songs and melodies into the Hebrew dialect [lahjah], or mixing them with Hebrew songs, such as the song 'Alluma 'alluma". (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55).

Chapter III: Zionism
III. Zionism

Zionism, the Jewish national movement in modern times, is referred to in the textbooks several times, almost always in a negative context. The sole exception is the following quote which just mentions it, with no further elaboration:

"Unit 1: The Palestinian Society Goals of the Unit: … 1. Understanding the following concepts and terms: natural borders, Zionism, …" (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 2).
This is the only reference to Zionism in the book and no other information about Zionism is given to the student.

"The Zionist colonial greedy ambitions in Palestine began in the year 1882. These greedy ambitions increased after the convention of the first Zionist congress in the city of Basel in Switzerland in the year 1897, as this congress, headed by Theodor Herzl, encouraged immigration to Palestine…

The Zionist greedy ambitions increased [further] with the support of British imperialism, as the foreign minister of Britain, Lord Balfour, issued his declaration on November 2, 1917, which called for granting the Jews a national home in Palestine." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20)

"The Palestinians resisted the British occupation of Palestine, which started in 1917, with several revolts, protesting the British practices and the Zionist greedy ambitions… [In 1948] the Zionist terrorist organizations forced thousands of Palestinians to leave their country under the threat of arms, which led to the emergence of the refugee problem." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 21)

"At that time the dream of Israel and Zionism became realized, as the United Nations Organization decided to partition Palestine in 1947 into two states: Arab and Jewish. It was accompanied by Britain's notification of ending its Mandate over Palestine on the 15 of May 1948, after it had enabled the Jews to control and seize 77% of Palestine's area in the war of 1948 and to expel half of its Arab population." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 21)

"[The village of] al-Qastal faced Zionist aggression [in 1948]…" (National Education, Grade 7, p. 23)

"The occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967 brought about the fall of the whole of Palestine under Zionist control." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 21)

"Earnest work to protect the cultural identity of the Palestinian people against the Zionist assaults…" (From the resolutions of the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture as quoted in: National Education, Grade 7, p. 57)

Part Two: Israel

Chapter IV: Israel's Image

IV. Israel's Image

Israel's image in the Palestinian textbooks is wholly negative. Israel alone is responsible for the results of the 1948 war. Israel is presented not as a legitimate neighbor who has its own legitimate rights and interests, but rather as an evil power whose policies and actions are all directed against Palestinian survival and well-being. The contribution of the Palestinians themselves to the conflict is ignored.

9. Expulsion and Extermination

The war of 1948, which was started by the Arab side, and its tragic results for the Palestinians, are depicted as a predetermined operation by the Jews, with the aim of occupying the land and exterminating and expelling the Palestinians. Such motives are attributed to Israel today as well, as inferred from the last quote in this section.

"The coming of the Jewish throngs to Palestine continued until 1948 and their goal was taking over the Palestinian lands and then taking the original inhabitants' place after their expulsion or extermination." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20)

"The Palestinian people were expelled from their land as a result of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, [they] faced massacres and were forced to emigrate to the neighboring countries." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 13)

"She did not find the girls who had been her students… They were body parts thrown here and there on a ground that every inch thereof had become wet by blood… The enemy turned to the houses, which were empty of their folks, plundering and carrying off whatever they could carry from the village that became a cemetery after it had been a village… Hayat went out of the slaughtered village… The Jews saw her from afar saving an Arab youth, so they directed their fire towards her. A fatal bullet hit her and she fell as a martyr among the martyrs of Deir Yassin." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 7, pt. 1, pp. 94-95)

"Human rights are divided into several categories. Among them [are the following ones]:

1. Absolute rights, such as the right of life and [of] no torture.
2. Basic rights, such as the right of work, food, domicile and [of] living in a clean environment.

Evidently, the states of the world vary from one another regarding the level of their commitment to the realization of these rights and granting them to their citizens. An example of that is what the Palestinian people is exposed to, i.e., violation of its rights, whether absolute or basic." (Civic Education, Grade 7, p.44)

10. Destruction of Villages

The 1948 war bore devastating results for the Palestinians. The mass exodus of Palestinians and the inpouring of hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from the Arab states and from post-war Europe have transformed the characteristics of the land. The newcomers settled in or near the deserted Arab houses. Again, this development is depicted in the Palestinian textbooks as a predetermined operation on the part of Israel.

"As a result of the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, 479 Palestinian villages out of 807 came under Israeli occupation. Of these villages, over 370 were destroyed between the years 1948-1950… Some of the Palestinian villages were destroyed and [Jewish] settlements were established on them. [There are] villages that were not completely destroyed and Jewish families settled there after they had been totally emptied of their original inhabitants. In some villages that were destroyed some contours of the old houses are still visible after the expulsion of their inhabitants". (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"Mention the names of Palestinian villages whose inhabitants were expelled or that were destroyed by the Israelis." (Assignment, National Education, Grade 7, p. 56)

"I will copy to my copybook and answer by 'yes' or 'no': Among the Palestinian villages that were destroyed and have become part of the Jewish residential areas are the village of Deir Yassin – Jerusalem district, and the villages of Salamah and al-Khayriyyah – Jaffa district." (Homework, National Education, Grade 7, p. 57)

"Let us collect information about… some of the Palestinian villages and places that the Israelis have destroyed." (Homework, National Education, Grade 7, p. 57)

"Let us recount the names of some of the Palestinian villages that the Israelis have destroyed, removed their marks and established settlements and residential concentrations on their land." (Homework, National Education, Grade 7, p. 54)

"Israel followed a new policy in occupying the Palestinian lands – the establishment of agricultural, industrial and residential settlements." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 16)

"A large portion of the Palestinian lands has been confiscated for the construction of [Jewish] settlements. How could we oppose that?" (Islamic Education, Grade 6, pt. 1, p. 68)

11. The Refugee Problem

According to the Palestinian textbooks, save for one or two exceptions, Israel is the sole responsible party for the refugee problem. The textbooks ignore several important facts in this context, of which the main one is that Israel did not start the war that created the problem. They also ignore the fact that many Palestinians chose not to flee and remained under Israeli rule, and that many other Palestinians left their homes already in the early phases of the war – before Israel's victory became evident. According to the Palestinian textbooks, Israel is also responsible for a second wave of Palestinian refugees, a smaller one this time, following its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. This argument is presented even though the war was short and did not destroy Arab villages and towns, and those who chose to leave were asked to sign a document stating that they were doing so out of their own free will.

"The Palestinian resistance in 1947-1948, following the resolution to partition Palestine into an Arab state and a Jewish one. This resolution was issued by the United Nations on November 29, 1947. Among the most famous battles fought by the Palestinians is the battle of al-Qastal… in addition to battles in the other Palestinian places. Following these battles, the Zionist terrorist organizations forced thousands of Palestinians to leave their country under the threat of arms, which led to the creation of the refugee problem." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 21)

"The Israeli occupation destroyed most of the Palestinian villages and cities, expelled the Palestinian inhabitants and forced them to leave their lands and villages." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 16)

"The occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip [by Israel] in the year 1967 also led to … the second Palestinian compulsory emigration in which the number of emigrants from the West Bank exceeded 350 thousands." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 21)

"Compulsory emigration is forcing individuals and groups to leave their country as a result of wars and occupation, like the compulsory emigration of large numbers of the Palestinian people in the years 1948, 1967. In the wake of the 1948 war more than three quarters of a million Palestinians were dispersed outside their homeland in the adjacent areas, in order to remain close to their houses and lands, hoping to return shortly. This dispersion assumed painful forms as the refugees lived in temporary camps, schools, deserted houses, caves and tents. The number of the Palestinian refugees was more than tripled during the 44 years between 1950-1994." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 34)

"Emigration Motives

3. Natural, such as… [natural] disasters or draught…
4. Economic and social, such as lacking job opportunities and services…
5. Political, as the Palestinians faced compulsory emigration following the wars of 1948 and 1967."
(Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 36)

The two following quotes may be regarded as exceptional references to the refugee problem since they relate it to war in general and not necessarily to Israel.

"There are numerous reasons for emigration the most important of which are: … Wars: like the war of Palestine that made a large number of Palestinians emigrate outside their land." (Principles in Human Geography, Grade 6, p.22)

"Wars play a role in making the inhabitants emigrate to new places… as happened in the years 1948, 1967 when a large number of the inhabitants of Palestine were made to emigrate." (Principles in Human Geography, Grade 6, p. 33)

"Activity 2: I will discuss in class:
1. The compulsory emigrations forced upon the Palestinian people.
2. The demographic results that followed."
(Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 44)

"Who is more numerous: the Palestinians in Palestine or the Palestinians in the Diaspora?" (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 43)

"Let us be helped by our acquaintances and relatives in order to get acquainted with the Palestinian towns from which some of us have been made to emigrate, and let us talk about them in class to our colleagues." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 37)

"Let the pupils collect pictures of various Palestinian refugee camps and put them on a wall board inside the class." (Assignment, National Education, Grade 2 (2001), pt. 1, p. 39)

12. Robbery of Lands and Water

There is no reference in the textbooks to international and bilateral treaties and accords which have determined the allocation of land and water by mutual agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Examples of these are: the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 1995, Article XI; Apppendix I Article 40, and the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty 1994, Annex II.

"When we look at the Palestinian natural resources we could say that they are poor and the larger part of the lands, water and shores is still subject to occupation in one way or another." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 124)

"In the case of our country, Palestine, this interaction [between the inhabitants' efforts and the available resources] faces challenges of which the most important ones are: … overcoming the limitedness of the natural resources that suffer from Israeli plunder." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 134)

"… Palestine who suffers from… dangerous and destructive problems such as the robbery of the land where spoils have been distributed by the occupation [authorities] among the settlers, the military bases, the military closed areas, etc., and the robbery of ground and surface water of which nothing has been left, except for [few] drops for domestic consumption or agriculture." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 67)

"The political factor was the most important and the gravest one regarding the use of lands in the [West] Bank and the [Gaza] Strip. The occupation [authorities] confiscated about 25% of the [West] Bank lands and also prevented the inhabitants of the [Gaza] Strip from utilizing nearly 22% of the [Gaza] Strip lands [to become part of] settlements and security areas connected with them. The occupation [authorities] presented these lands, of which the majority was state land, to the settlers as a gift." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 74)

"… The agricultural and residential land acreage that is available to the Palestinians is dwindling continuously as a result of Israel's continuing confiscation of land for the benefit of its settlement project." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 126)

"… The exploitation of the large water resources in the [West] Bank and the [Gaza] Strip for the benefit of the settlers and other Israelis at the expense of the Palestinian citizens." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 78)

"The consumption of water in the [West] Bank and the [Gaza] Strip is affected by… Israeli control over the utilization of these resources and over the distribution of water… This control is plainly visible in the utilization of ground water, especially for agricultural purposes, whereas the Palestinians are prevented from digging wells more than 150 m deep while the settlers are permitted to use wells more than 600 m deep." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 81)

"Agriculture [in the Gaza Strip] suffers from over-pumping of water in the Israeli settlements that have been established on the lands of the [Gaza] strip." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 20)

"Israel pumps out water from the Jordan river and its tributaries to the Negev… and the Israeli settlements in the West Bank also pump out from the river about 550-600 million cubic meters a year." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 79)

13. Demolition and Uprooting

The political and moral dilemmas accompanying the violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians over land, are not addressed. The case of the other side is not presented. Stereotypes, instilling resentment, are presented to young children of six and seven years old.

"Let us answer the two questions in writing:

"What are the workers doing?" (picture of workers building house).
"What is the bulldozer doing?" (picture of bulldozer destroying house while Israeli soldiers watch)
"Let us express orally the following:" (picture of bulldozer destroying a tree while Israeli soldiers watch)
"Let us express orally what is taking place in the picture:" (picture of bulldozer destroying a tree that seems to bleed red blood)
"The occupiers have not encouraged olive tree growing."

(The above was taken from "Our Beautiful Language", Grade 6, pt. 1, p. 86)

14. Loss and Pain

The present conflict with all its entailed suffering to both parties is presented in a one-sided manner. There is a clear dichotomy in the Palestinian textbooks between the suffering Palestinian and the Israeli who is always the one that inflicts suffering.

"Activity

Having learned history and experienced events and realities in which we live:
1. Mention some violent incidents to which our people was exposed on the enemies' part.
2. How do the enemies and occupiers treat the people of the occupied lands?
3. How were the Muslims treating the people of the conquered lands?"
(Islamic Education, Grade 6, pt. 2, p. 84)

"This important location of Jericho has been [the source of both] blessing and misfortune. Difficulty and ease have come upon it consecutively, as happened during the Israeli occupation in 1967, when it was among the cities of our country Palestine that [suffered] loss and pain most." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 7, pt. 1, p. 34)

"The Intifadah Hymn

We are burying the child in no hurry…
The mother and the small child may die…
And the middle-aged man suffers in the cell of the great prison…"
(Excerpts, Our Beautiful Language, Grade 6, pt. 1, pp. 130-131)

"From the 'Prison Literature'*

A boy of fourteen [years of age]… when he entered the cell he looked behind him as if he was registering the closing of the door… He rubbed his hands nervously and sat on the edge of the iron bed… 'Where are you coming from?' I asked him. … 'I was in the 'slaughterhouse' thirteen days.'

[A note in the text:] 'slaughterhouse' – the interrogation place. It is a nickname given by the prisoners to that place because of the interrogators' cruelty." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 6, pt. 1, pp. 124-125)

*The "Prison Literature" is a Palestinian literary genre which deals with the life of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

"A Visit to the Negev Prison

… They waited a long time in front of the prison gates. After three hours one of the soldiers peeped out at them and said: 'visits are prohibited today'." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 2, pt. 1, p. 72.)

15. Restrictions and Discrimination

Security measures resulting from the conflict and sometimes even legal measures applicable to all Israeli citizens, such as building restrictions, are depicted as anti-Palestinian policies.

"In some other Palestinian villages and cities restrictions have been imposed upon the inhabitants and they have been prevented from building, like Jaffa, Lyda, Ramle, Acre and the villages of Galilee, the Triangle and the Negev." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"Clarify the policy that is pursued by Israel against the Palestinian people following its occupation of Palestine." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 18)

The accusation of racial discrimination was leveled implicitly in a 1995 schoolbook of Palestinian National Education. This accusation was dropped in the 1996 and the 2000 editions.

"Clarify the meaning of racial discrimination by illustrating [it] with an example that applies to the Palestinian specific case." (Palestinian National Education, Grade 6 (1995), p. 55)

16. Obliteration of National Identity

Israel is accused of attempting to obliterate the national identity of the Palestinians in various ways.

"The Palestinian people are a people who takes pride in their heritage and culture which they have inherited from its ancestors a generation after another, especially when the interest in the Palestinian popular heritage has become a pressing necessity because of what this heritage is facing during the occupation, i.e., the attempts to obliterate the Palestinian identity and to dissolve the components of Arab heritage and personality." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 44)

"The attempts to obliterate the Palestinian heritage… such as changing the names of Palestinian villages, cities, places and topographic objects into Hebrew names, like the 'Awja river whose name has become Yarkon… [and] taking over some of the Palestinian popular costumes and embroidery and presenting them at international fashion exhibitions as Israeli heritage and costumes." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"C. Attempts at obliterating the artistic [Palestinian] heritage [by Israel], such as:

1. transplanting the genuine Arabic songs and melodies into the Hebrew dialect [lahjah], or mixing them with Hebrew songs, such as the song 'Alluma 'alluma". (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"Palestine's heritage and culture: the resolutions of the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture:

1. Working earnestly in order to protect the cultural identity of the Palestinian people against Zionist assaults and the continuing attempts to obliterate the Islamic culture.
2. Preparing an encyclopedia of Islamic antiquities and historical sites in noble Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine…
3. Conducting a comprehensive survey of all the buildings that have been destroyed.
4. Creating time schedules for the restoration, reconstruction and protection of these buildings as well as for keeping the Islamic character of Palestine in general.
5. Teaching history and geography of Palestine in all educational levels at the schools of the Islamic countries.
6. … Propagating the map of noble Jerusalem, with its Arab place-names, on a wide scope, in order to resist Judaization and to protect the [Arab] heritage." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 57)

"[Israeli] attempts at obliterating the artistic [Palestinian] heritage: …Setting fire to the antique pulpit of Saladin in the al-Aqsa Mosque." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)*

*In 1969 a mentally-ill Christian Australian tourist set fire to the al-Aqsa Mosque and burned the said wooden pulpit.
"Destruction and theft of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, especially at the al-Aqsa Mosque." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"The Judaization of Jerusalem and the dissolution of the Palestinian identity of its inhabitants." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 17)

17. Taking Over of Holy Places

The Palestinian textbooks refer to the Jewish holy places in the Holy Land as Muslim holy places only and consider the Jews' worship there as an attempt to Judaize them.

The al-Buraq Wall referred to below, to which the Prophet Muhammad tied his heavenly beast, al- Buraq, while ascending to Heaven according to Muslim belief, is the Wailing Wall, the only visible remnant of the Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans in AD 70. It has been the holiest place of worship for the Jews since then.

The Mosque of Abraham is the Tomb of the Patriarchs (the Machpelah sanctuary), holy to both Jews and Muslims. In the past Jews were forbiden to enter it. Now it is open to both Muslims and Jews.

The Mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah, one of Prophet Muhammad's Companions, is actually Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, a place holy to the Jews. Until recently the Palestinians themselves described the site as Rachel's Tomb, as indeed appears in a former Palestinian textbook from 1996 – Palestinian National Education, Grade 6, p. 89. In textbooks published now it is referred to as the Mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah.

"The revolt of 1929 which is known as the al-Buraq Revolt in protest of the Jews' attempts at controlling the al-Buraq Wall. It spread in all parts of Palestine." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 21)

"The attempts at Judaizing some of the Muslim religious places, such as the Mosque of Abraham in Hebron and the mosque of Bilal Bin Rabbah." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"Mention the names of mosques and Muslim and Christian religious places the character of which the Israelis have tried to change." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 56)

18. Crippling the Palestinian Economy

The main reasons given for the crippled Palestinian economy are closure of Palestinian territory and the Israeli objective of controlling the Palestinian economy. By contrast, the Comprehensive Plan for the Development of the First Palestinian Curriculum for General Education published by the PNA in 1996, evokes "the positive contribution of the Israeli agriculture and industry …to the Palestinian agriculture and industry" (p. 626).

"The dependence of the Palestinian economy and its being affected by the Israeli economy." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 17)

"Israel aimed during the past three decades to join the Palestinian economy in the [West] Bank and the [Gaza] Strip with its own economy… The Palestinian economy has relied almost totally on the Israeli economy in its foreign trade." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 117)

"[Palestinian] exports decreased again in 1996 because of the Israeli closures in the [West] Bank and the [Gaza] Strip during that year, especially so, because the closure came at the peak of the export season of Palestinian agricultural harvests. … Most of the Palestinian trade deficit is with Israel. (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 118)

"The Israeli economy relied heavily on the policy of encouraging Israeli exports by way of reducing the value of the Israeli currency… These policies led to high rates of inflation within the Green Line and to higher inflation rates in the Palestinian lands that had been occupied in 1967". (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 118)

"Unemployment and economic stagnation are [two] of the most important problems suffered by the Palestinian economy which is afflicted with the occupation's shackles." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 132)

"Israeli policy regarding Palestinian land and water led to grave results: …weakening the Palestinian agricultural sector because of the decrease in water quantities and the rise in their prices, which increased agricultural expenses and weakened its competitive capability in the foreign markets, and [also] the shrinking possibilities of industrial expansion as a result of the increase in land and water prices." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 74)

"As a result of the developments under the occupation there has been an increase in the disparity of living standards between the rural and the urban areas. This duality has become deeper as a result of the policies of the occupation [authorities] that are related to water and land, which led to the weakening of the agricultural sector and to the emigration of the rural working force to the other sectors or to work within the Green Line." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, pp. 132-133)

"The Palestinian areas are in need of traditional sources of energy such as oil and gas. They import what they need from Israeli sources for high prices." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 77)

"The economic importance of the Dead Sea stems from important mineral salts… that are found in its waters… Israel opposes the exploitation by the Palestinian Authority of its share of these mineral salts." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 80)

"The main problem that is faced by the Palestinian tourism sector is the obstacles raised by the occupation authorities against Palestinian tourism, i.e., the Palestinian tourist vehicles, by preventing them from entering Jerusalem and other areas, and the negative publicity spread by the Israelis among tourists regarding the Palestinian tourist areas, such as the absence of security [there] and the poor services extended to tourists.

[Questions:]
1. Let us mention the obstacles raised by Israel against the Palestinian tourist vehicles.
2. Let us mention the elements of the negative publicity spread by the Israelis regarding Palestinian tourism."
(National Education, Grade 7, p. 78)

"Palestinian tourism faces problems like:
Obstacles caused by the occupation [authorities], such as:

Not granting permits for the construction of new hotels or the expansion of existing hotels in Jerusalem.

Putting obstacles before the Palestinian tourist vehicles in order to prevent them from entering Jerusalem, which is considered a world tourism center.

The negative publicity to which the foreign tourist is exposed regarding the Palestinian tourist areas, such as the absence of security and the poor services.
Israeli competition with Palestinian tourism industry - in view of their expertise in tourism marketing.

The discrimination exercised by the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian tourist organizations, for they are not permitted to enter Israeli airports and receive tourist groups or enter touristic sites under [Israeli] control.

[Questions:]

Name the obstacles placed by the occupation [authorities] in the face of the Palestinian tourism industry.

Mention the discrimination exercised against Palestinian tourism organizations, in comparison with their Israeli counterparts.

Copy to your copybook and answer by "yes" or "no": The Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and of parts of the West Bank and Gaza brought about a deterioration of the Palestinian tourism industry."
(National Education, Grade 7, pp. 78-79)

"The Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and the rest of the [West] Bank and the [Gaza] Strip in 1967 brought about a deterioration in the tourism sector because of the high taxes imposed by Israel upon the Palestinian touristic movement, the recurring closures, and the existence of a large number of the main religious and touristic sites, especially in Jerusalem, under Israeli control." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 81)

19. Responsibility for Social and Ecological Ills

Israel is accused of being responsible for social and ecological ills, including the status of women within the Palestinian-run territories.

"The exploitation of the Palestinian economic resources for the benefit of the Israeli occupation authorities have plainly weakened the absorption capabilities of the Palestinian working force, which has led to the spread of unemployment and poverty." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 147)

"It is impossible to talk about a universal development under the shadow of occupation. (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 131)

"The Israeli occupation and the general economic situation have contributed to the prevention of women from participating in the development activity of Palestine. That is so because the Palestinian work force has turned to answer the needs of the Israeli market, such as the construction sector that is exclusively male-oriented, at the expense of other sectors." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 174)

"The Israeli occupation and the settlement [activity] have hindered the growth of educational activity in Palestine." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 170)

"Neglect of health, education, and social services for the Palestinian people under the occupation." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 16)

"Neglect of the educational infrastructure under the occupation." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 119)

"Write a report of several lines about the settlements' effect on ecological pollution." (Principles in Human Geography, Grade 6, p. 95)

"Let us write in our copybooks a short report, not more than 10 lines, about the negative effects that have resulted from the establishment of the settlements in the Palestinian lands. (National Education, Grade 6, (2000), p. 19)

"To that one must add the grave ecological and health problems which are a result of the sewage that flows from the Israeli settlements at the top of the hills and mountains towards the neighboring Palestinian lands, which ruins them and destroys the crops therein." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 94)

"Various factors have led to the increase of ground water salinity in the Palestinian areas, such as over-pumping of water, especially by the Israelis, for use by the settlers and other Israelis. [Also,] Israel's diversion of a large quantity of water from the Jordan river to the Negev, as well as the diversion of the water of the salty springs from the area of Beit Shean and Tiberias to it, have led to the increase of its salinity in the [West] Bank [region]." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 95)

20. Dismembering the Unity of the West Bank

"In addition to the robbery of Palestinian lands, the Israeli policy regarding Palestinian lands and water led to grave results: dismemberment of the geographic unity of the [West] Bank by transforming the large Arab residential clusters into islands isolated from one another." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 74).

Map of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip [Questions:]
1. Let us read the map's title.
2. Let us mention some of the settlements that are close to our residence.
3. Let us explain Israel's goal in establishing the settlements on Palestinian lands."
(National Education, Grade 6 (2000), pp. 15-16)

"Let us gather information about… the names of the Israeli settlements and residential clusters in our specific environment." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 57)

Chapter V: Israel and Palestine

V. Israel and Palestine

Natural, geographic and historical Palestine extends from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. It is presented as wholly Arab since the dawn of history. The ancient Canaanites and Jebusites are considered Arab nations. The pupils are presented with the actual existence of a "State of Palestine", although sometimes it is noted that such a state is still to be established. The State of Israel is neither mentioned in this context, nor does its name appear on any map. When the text refers to regions, cities and sites that are within Israel's pre-1967 borders, they are presented as Palestinian. Jerusalem as well is depicted as wholly Arab, without any reference to its historical or religious importance to the Jews.

21. Israel in its Entirety is Considered Palestine

Palestine, rather than Israel, is among the countries that are included in the region of Geographic Syria (Sham in Arabic):

"The countries of Geographic Syria [Sham] are Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon." (Islamic Education, Grade 2, pt. 1, p. 98)
"The Geographic Position of Palestine

As regards the world, Palestine is located at the western side of Asia, east of the Mediterranean, and it overlooks the continents of Asia, and Africa with Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. As regards the Arab homeland, it [Palestine] is located south west of Geographic Syria [Sham], between the Mediterranean Sea on the west and the Jordan River on the east." (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 4)

"Geography of Palestine

Let us read the map of natural Palestine and examine it

… The Position of Palestine:
Palestine occupies an important place at the heart of the Arab homeland because:

1. It connects the three continents (Asia, Africa, Europe), serving as a crossroad for them.

2. It connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea…"
(National Education, Grade 6 (2000), pp. 8-9)

"The area of Palestine is 27,027 square km. It has a shape of a rectangle, which causes dissimilarity in the lengths of the borders with its Arab neighbors, as follows:

1. The length of the border between Palestine and Jordan is 360 km. As for the length of the coast of the Mediterranean Sea – it is 277 km.

2. The length of the border between Lebanon and Palestine is 79 km., and with Syria – 76 km., while the length of the border with Egypt is 240 km." (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 4)

22. Palestine is Arab and Muslim

"Lesson 4: Palestine is Arab and Muslim"
(map of the Middle East that ommits Israel)

(National Education, Grade 2 (2001), pt. 1, p. 16)
"I see small things with [the help of] a magnifying glass: Palestine is Arab." (General Science, Grade 1, pt. 1, p. 9)

"Activity 4
Let us understand the following text:
Palestine is part of the greater Arab homeland and the Palestinian people are part of the Arab nation." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 11)

23. The Arab Palestinian Canaanites and Jebusites

The PNA textbooks endeavor to establish for the Palestinians exclusive historical rights over Palestine by giving the ancient Canaanites and Jebusites an Arab character. This way a historical continuum of Arab presence in the land since antiquity is established.

"Since the dawn of history the soil of Palestine has raised its Arab identity high through the giants of Canaan." (Our Beautiful Language, Grade 7, pt. 1, p. 32)
"The Canaanite Arabs were the first ones who settled in Palestine." (National Education, Grade 2, pt. 1 (2001), p. 4)

"'Our Palestinian heritage is rich in antiquities that demonstrate the connection of the Arab man with the region over the ages since the [time of the] Canaanites.' I will collect pictures of Palestinian archeological sites that support this phrase and discuss that with my classmates." (Homework, Health and Environment, Grade 7, p. 98)

"[Nablus] is one of the cities of the early Arab Canaanites." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 71)

"The Canaanite Palestinians are the ones who invented the alphabet." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 8)

"The Arab Jebusites built it [Jerusalem] five thousands years ago in that distinguished place and it has remained since that time a capital of Palestine during the ages." (Geography of Palestine, Grade 7, p. 77)

24. The State of Palestine

In some of the textbooks there are references to a State of Palestine. However, another reference shows that there is awareness on the part of the Palestinians that the independent Palestinian state is yet to be established. The 1993 Oslo Accords defer this issue to the phase of the final settlement of the conflict.

"The establishment of the State of Palestine, with noble Jerusalem as its capital, was declared in Algiers in the year 1988." (National Education, Grade 6, (2000), p. 30)

"The National Council hereby declares, in the name of God and in the name of the people, the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian land, with noble Jerusalem as its capital…

[Questions:]
1. Let us mention when the establishment of the State of Palestine was declared.

2. Let us name the capital of the State of Palestine."
(National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 29)

"1. Is there a constitution for every state?

2. What does the existence of a constitution for the State of Palestine point to?" (Homework, National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 33)

"Let us write down in our copybook articles from the constitution of the State of Palestine." (Homework, National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 35)

"The [district] governor's mission is to carry out the laws, regulations and administrative decisions. The President of the State appoints the governors." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 43)

"On 5.6.1997 Mr. Yasser Arafat, President of the State of Palestine, issued his order to conduct a first census of the population." (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 22)

"Let us mention the names of some of the ministries in the State of Palestine" (Homework, National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 36)

"5. The increase of publicity and advertising in order to attract tourists. It is done through tourism advertisement and [through] publicity between the Palestinian state and other states after signing tourism agreements for tourist exchange." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 84)

The phrase "The State of Palestine" appears on the front page and on the cover of many of the textbooks:

Another reference, however, states that the independent Palestinian state is yet to be established:

"4. Supporting the establishment of an independent Palestinian state." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 3)

25. Israel is a Usurper and a Foreign Occupier of Palestine

"The Establishment of the State of Israel on a Palestinian land [1948]." (Excerpt from a historical table, History of the Middle Ages, Grade 7, p. 105 and also in: National Education, Grade 7, p. 3)

"Palestine faced British occupation following the First World War in the year 1917 and Israeli occupation in the year 1948 with the help of Britain. The Israeli occupation destroyed most of the Palestinian villages and cities, expelled the Palestinian inhabitants and forced them to leave their lands and villages." (National Education, Grade 6 (2000), p. 16)

"As the result of the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, 479 Palestinian villages out of 807 villages came under Israeli occupation." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 55)

"I thought it advisable to return to my book in order to reassemble it anew and present it to the sons of Arabdom in general and to the sons of Palestine in particular, so that they will remember their usurped homeland and work for its rescue." (From the preface of Mustafa Murad al-Dabbagh's book "Our Country, Palestine" as quoted in: Our Beautiful Language, Grade 6, pt. 1, p. 112)

26. Substitute Names for Israel

The "Green Line" describes the pre-1967 war demarcation line between Israel and the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip which were then under Jordanian and Egyptian control, respectively. It was usually drawn in green whence it got its name. Both this term and the equivalent term "the lands of 1948" [aradi 1948], as well as the term "the interior" mentioned in section 6, are used as euphemisms for "Israeli territory".

"Distribution of the Palestinians According to Their Place of Residence in the World, 1998:

…The Green Line 12.18 %…". (The Palestinian Society – Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 21)

"Distribution of the Palestinians According to Their Place of Residence in the World, 1998:

The Green Line, 989,076, 12.18 %"

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