Schools Open: PA Poison Is The Lesson Plan For Good Neighbors?

Anything one desires to achieve begins in the mind and then manifests itself on the outside. Your thoughts determine your actions. 
It begins with a thought. And since school should be teaching kids to think … what they’re taught aids in the thought process, which leads to actions.
So guess what new course the Palestinian Authority (PA) is providing in their curriculum? Gaza will have a spanking new course taught in some of its schools, called Know Your Enemy. The class is a Hebrew course which Hamas officials determined to include, back in March, as part of the Gaza education curriculum this year. The director general of Hamas’s Ministry of Education, Mahmoud Matar, stated that “through the Hebrew language we can understand the structure of Israeli society, the way they think … We look at Israel as an enemy. We teach our students the language of the enemy.”
Aww … and I thought they were doing this to say “howdy neighbor” in Hebrew…
Dr. Eldad Pardo, a senior researcher at IMPACT-SE, (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education) and a teacher at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, declared that Matar’s hateful language is endemic to the PA curriculum. “Palestinian schoolchildren learn that Jews have no connection to the land of Israel, that Jews belong to Europe. These textbooks say nothing about the Jews from Arab countries,” said Pardo.

Seventy PA student books and 22 teacher guides, and 25 student books issued by the PA Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs last year, were studied. All 118 books and guides are presently in use at PA schools. Here’s a sampling of what is taught in PA-controlled schools, Palestinian school kids learn:

Jews have no connection to the land of Israel and that Jews belong to Europe. (Jews from Arab countries left out of textbooks.)
Jewish holy places in Israel are not recognized. They’re presented as Muslim holy sites taken over by Jews.
There’s no recognition of Jewish people as a nation.
Israelis are portrayed as criminals and thieves.

Now this must be asked: How legitimate is the PA’s call for peace and a two-state solution, when they have for decades … and continue to … teach their children the illegitimacy of Jews and the Jewish State?
No efforts have been made to correct this perspective in “Palestinian’“ society. And this toxic teaching is reinforced in the PA-controlled culture through the PA-controlled media, as well as the media in the Arab/Muslim world … including children’s programming
Before any talks recommence between Israel and the “Palestinians“ … this issue MUST be addressed and corrected. Because failing to do so will doom any efforts or hope of a true and lasting peace … if that were ever possible at all.
Shalom through strength…

About the author: Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show (NYC). Audrey writes a column for and handles Middle East/National Security/Terrorism/Cultural Issues, and her articles can be read in several other news/opinion journals. She is also a contributor on Audrey's Radio Show can also be heard on the Leading Edge Radio Network. Audrey is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor.

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