Report: 24 Palestinian Authority Schools Funded by UK, EU Ignore Aid Conditions, Continue to Indoctrinate Students to Commit Violence Against Israelis
As part of an ongoing investigation, a British daily revealed on Sunday that 24 Palestinian Authority schools are openly ignoring Western demands to cease encouraging violence against Israelis — or else forfeit foreign aid.
According to the Daily Mail, despite public outrage over the UK government’s payments to the PA as part of a commitment to spend £12 billion on foreign aid – following an expose by the paper last year about how taxpayers’ money was going toward paying salaries to convicted terrorists and families of suicide bombers — the schools in question have been continuing to incite students to terrorism through text books and classroom indoctrination.
The Mail on Sunday said that MP Joan Ryan, chair of Labour Friends of Israel – for which a report was prepared by Jerusalem-based research organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) — said that though she supports sending aid to the Palestinians, “We cannot stand idly by while the Palestinian Authority sanctions antisemitic incitement which poisons young minds and makes a two-state solution ever more difficult to achieve.”
According to the report, the EU, which gets one-tenth of its aid budget from Britain, is donating £272 million to the PA this year. Both claim that the process of earmarking and monitoring the money is carefully vetted.
One spokesperson claimed: “All funds the EU allocates to the PA for salaries, pensions and social allocations go through an elaborate system of rigorous verification procedures.”
But the new PMW report shows otherwise, the Daily Mail said.
Among the 24 schools in question, all dedicated to prominent Palestinian terrorists, are four named after the mastermind of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, one after the founder of Hamas and one after Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who backed Hitler during WWII and helped recruit for the SS.
Another of the schools on the list, in Hebron, is one of three named after Dalal Mughrabi, the woman behind the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel’s history — the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, which left 37 people dead, among them 12 children.
“Britain and the European Union bear responsibility for this terror when they are funding a school system that is actively promoting, and thereby creating, terrorism,” PMW head Itamar Marcus told the Daily Mail. “This is simply child abuse, encouraging kids to die in armed struggle. It is a terrible message for the next generation. Children are the key to peace, but look at what they are being exposed to from a young age, growing up in an environment of terror and told the killing of Israelis is a heroic action.”
An education official in Hebron told the Daily Mail, “We do not consider [Mughrabi] a child killer,” because of the Israeli occupation. “Where is the problem in calling schools after such martyrs?”
Teachers told the publication that PA leaders agree to British and EU demands to cease incitement in order to pass the vetting process, knowing that any restrictions they agree to will be ignored by school principals and teachers.