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EU Support For UNRWA Challenged By Evidence Of Textbook Antisemitism

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There is no room for Israel in free Palestine: “FREE PALESTINE” is taught to Palestinian students in UNRWA schools, from Sciences and Life, Grade 3, Part 1 (2020) p. 65)

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In Part 1, we established that the EU does not create the textbooks taught in their schools- the Palestinian Authority does.

The EU spokesman was asked if the EU would take proactive steps to remove incitement from PA and UNRWA schools. The response stated:

“The Palestinian Authority must ensure the highest standards in fostering a culture of peace and coexistence paving the way for a future where the conflict can be solved through negotiations leading to a two-state solution.”

Here are their standards:

“The EU has no tolerance for incitement to hatred and violence, as means to *achieve political goals *, the glorification of ‘armed resistance’ and antisemitism in all its forms. Any material that goes against these principles risks undermining peace and coexistence and has no place in textbooks or classrooms.” 

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Accordingly, based on their response, here are some concrete examples of undesirable material that the EU might address:

  1. The total absence of the State of Israel – a fully recognized sovereign state world-wide – from all maps. Instead, the whole country is presented as “Palestine” politically.[i] Israel’s pre-1967 territory presented as “Palestinian territories occupied in 1948”,[ii] which insinuates the goal of total annihilation of Israel, rather than peaceful co-existence with it.
  2. De-legitimization of the presence of Israel’s 7 million Jewish citizens, as their cities – including Tel Aviv – do not appear on the map,[iii] which insinuates the desire to make them “disappear” eventually and contradicts the ideal of peace and co-existence.
  3. Denial of Jewish history in the country, including the existence of archaeological relics that prove that.[iv]
  4. Denial of the Jews’ historical and religious ties to their ancient-modern capital Jerusalem,[v] including the “neglect” to mention the very name “Jerusalem” (Urushalim in Arabic) in a brief review of the city’s names throughout history.[vi]

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  1. Non-recognition of the Jews’ holy places in the country, chief among them being the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, which is presented as an exclusively Muslim holy place.[i]
  2. Falsification of an historical item by erasing the Hebrew inscription from it.[ii]
  3. Demonization of Jews by describing them as “the Devil’s aides” in the context of Al-Aqsa Mosque,[iii] or “enemies of God’s prophets”,[iv] which is tantamount to incitement to murder within a traditional society from which most of the Palestinian school students come.

Hebrew – the language of the Jews in the country – is erased, literally, from a British Mandate coin reproduced in a mathematics textbook

  1. Instilling in the children’s minds the obligation to free Palestine in its entirety, not just the areas of the West Bank and Gaza.[i] Palestinian cities within Israel’s pre-1967 territory should be returned to Palestinian rule: Jaffa in this example.[ii]  
  2. “Armed resistance” is the way of the full liberation of Palestine. The female-commander of the most ferocious terrorist attack on an Israeli civilian bus in 1978, which ended in the murder of over thirty Israeli civilians – men, women and children – is made a role-model for Palestinian children.[iii]

These specific examples are taken from school books that were published by the Palestinian Authority in 2020 and are in use today, also in the UNRWA schools.

Denial of the country’s Jewish history: “…[The occupier] has built for himself an artificial entity that derives its identity and the legitimacy of its existence from fairy tales, legends and phantasies and tried in various methods and ways to create living material evidence for these legends, or archaeological [and] architectural proofs that would attest to their correctness and authenticity, but in vain.” 

Some of these examples were not noticed by the Georg Eckert Institute researchers.

Others were duly addressed by them and appeared in their report, while still others were explained away in one way or another. We, on our part, tend to view these examples as indications of a comprehensive indoctrination trying to negate the “other” to the point of extinction.

Either way, our question remains: Will the EU indeed implement its own policies and  demand the removal of the documented incitement from the PA/UNRWA educational system that it finances.

David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist. In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post. Bedein’s work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site, unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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