Educating for Peace: Palestinian Authority School Books Preach Peace, Love…and Bomb Making
In an April 6 Guardian piece Harriet Sherwood described the relentless flurry of hate mail that Israeli journalist Amira Hass has recently received as a result of an article advocating the inclusion of occupation resistance as part of the curriculum for Palestinian schools.
According to Hass, Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli soldiers is “an action as well as a metaphor of resistance” and a “…birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule”. As such, it is perfectly reasonable for Palestinian schools to offer “basic classes in resistance”.
In response to Amira Hass’s piece, some wild-eyed, bearded, skullcap-wearing Israeli extremists filed complaints with the police and the Israeli attorney general, demanding that she be investigated for incitement to violence and terrorism.
Guided by Messianic visions of blowing up the Temple Mount and replacing two of Islam’s holiest sites with ‘The Third Temple Resort & Casino’, craven Zionist interlopers have long asserted that the way Palestinian children are educated is proof of the true intentions of the Palestinian leadership vis-Ã -vis Israel.
According to Dr. Zion Ben-Judah, former assistant to the travelling undersecretary of the pro-settler Yesha Council: “When you google translate: ‘A just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East’ from English to Arabic, you get: ‘Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine.'”
Yet, the findings of a study released this morning lend credence to the counter claim that the Palestinian Authority has in fact done much to promote true coexistence with Israeli Jews.
The Grand Enterprise to Tabulate Reactions of the Esteemed Allah’s Loyal Legions (GET-REALL), which reviews textbooks from the West Bank, Gaza and other parts of the Islamic Caliphate, unveiled its 2013 report at a packed press conference held in occupied East Jerusalem’s Abu Shukri Humus & Felafel dining establishment.
The organization reviewed 234 textbooks currently used in West Bank Palestinian schools for students in grades one through 12.
The findings indicate that the PA is already teaching its younglings to resist their Israeli overlords – but with rules and limitations that must be adhered to. This kinder and gentler curriculum includes a clear distinction between Israeli civilians and soldiers; Israeli men and women can rest assured that while still regarded as thieving colonial imperialists, at least there’s no chance of them being hauled off to The Hague to stand trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.
The below sampling of textbooks reviewed by GET-REALL indicates that beyond the occasional dead Israeli, there pervades a sincere desire on the Palestinian side to usher in an era of peace, love and harmony between Arabs and Jews:
1. Diaries of a Young Contrarian – Adolf Hitler Reflects: 1918-1924
2. Jihadist in the Rye
3. A New History of Infidel Crimes
4. Red Redemption: A Thoroughly Modern History of Palestine
5. An Introduction to Arab Canaanite Studies
6. Our World: Geography without Borders
7. Counting to 72: The Adventures of Salim the Mathematical Militant
8. Aim to Maim (not kill): Principles of Bomb Making
9. Inciting Peace: Philosophical Foundations of Land Theft & Land Theft Resistance
10. United Nations 101: How the Subjecated Become a State
The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Constitution states that “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
With Palestinian schools teaching that “every stone is violated, every square cries out in anger, every nerve is abuzz, death before submission, death before submission, forward!”, Ms Hass’s recommendations for molding young minds to resist – but ever so discriminately – are already being implemented.
Can peace in our time be that far off?
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This article was originally published by the Times of Israel