Yesterday, Israel’s Education Committee in the Knesset (Parliament) held an urgent hearing on Palestinian incitement of violence. Various research institutes, NGOs and representatives from government ministries, including Palestinian Media Watch, presented portions of a research report on the Palestinian Authority education system.
Needless to say, Arab Knesset members did not take well to the notion that there is incitement in the Palestinian Authority education system, and towards the end of the session, one Arab Knesset member was actually removed from the hearing. Having said that, for the most part these Knesset members also didn’t deny the findings.
While here in America we’re being told that Palestinians want peace and are not the aggressors– in fact both Secretary of State John Kerry and his spokesperson John Kirby have no problem creating a moral equivalency between Israel’s self-defense and the Palestinian Authority’s suicide attacks – this report clearly shows how violence and hatred is being encouraged and indoctrinated in Palestinian children.
The key facts presented in this report are both shocking and heartbreaking:
> Twenty-five Palestinian schools are named after terrorists, including three named after Dalal Mughrabi, a woman responsible for 37 deaths, and two after Abu Jihad who planned a number of deadly attacks killing more than 100 . There’s even a school named after Saddam Hussein!
> Eight elementary schools have are named for the “Mother of Martyrs,” Al-Khansa, promoting the message that it’s desirable to aspire to die as a Martyr for
Allah. For example, a PA schoolbook for 13 year-olds published in
2006 teaches children that “Your enemies seek life while you seek death.”
> Ping-pong tournaments, chess matches, marathons, and sporting events have all been named after terrorists. Most recently, Fatah sponsored a marathon for youth commemorating terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned attacks that killed 125. At the event’s ceremony: “Secretary of Fatah’s Salfit branch Abd Al-Sattar Awwad said… ‘Abu Jihad will continue to serve as a school for the revolution from which the Palestinian youth will learn. Walk on this path, armed with faith in the revolution.’”
> Official Palestinian Authority educational programming for kids includes anti-Semitic teachings and hate speech against Jews and Israelis. PA TV children’s programs have featured anti-Semitic poems that dehumanize Jews. This poem has been recited by young girls on PA TV:
“O, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
O, you who were brought up on spilling blood
O Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
O barbaric monkeys wretched pigs
Jerusalem opposes your throngs
Jerusalem vomits from within it your impurity
Because Jerusalem, you impure ones, is pious, immaculate
And Jerusalem, you who are filth, is clean and pure
I do not fear barbarity
As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
As long as I have my arm and my stones”
Even then-Senator Hillary Clinton, after seeing the materials being taught to Palestinian children in 2007, called it “child abuse.”
Last week, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously “on a resolution taking Abbas and other Palestinian leaders to task for “incitement” of violence against Jewish Israelis, both for their recent statements and for longtime hate-mongering in Palestinian schools and media” according to Al-Monitor.
But the U.S. is still planning to send $270 million to the Palestinian Authority this year. You just have to ask, why?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]