Brussels funds Palestinian teacher salaries and textbook publishers. So why did they turn a blind eye to their own culpability to feeding ongoing regional violence?
Kamala Harris made a big show about ‘root causes’ this week when she visited Guatemala. Of course, their President turned the light back on the REAL root causes there being her government’s immigration policy.
But let’s pick up on that idea of ‘root causes’ as we consider the violence in the Middle East, and how Palestinian students are actively being brainwashed into hating their Jewish neighbors.
It has often been said that children don’t hate people by default, but that they must be ‘taught to do so’. If that’s true, who’s REALLY doing the work of teaching this hatred?
Well, according to the UN’s own studies, Brussels has been doing the work of teaching that hatred. Indirectly at least.
More precisely, they have been at minimum complicit accessories to the hate-mongering. After all, they’re the ones picking up the tab for these teachers and books — while ignoring studies of their own exposing the Jew-hatred this funding is perpetuating.
Turning a blind eye is the correct metaphor here, too. After all, they did conduct a study of the textbooks and teaching materials. All the raw information is right there in the 200-page study. They just didn’t do anything with it. The report itself undersold the relevant facts.
The report, which is almost 200 pages long, examines 156 textbooks and 16 teachers’ guides. The texts are mostly from 2017-2019 but 18 are from 2020. Excerpts from the report were published in German newspaper Bild earlier this week.
The report’s executive summary glosses over the many examples of antisemitism and incitement in the textbooks, claiming that they “adhere to UNESCO standards” though they “express a narrative of resistance within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and they display an antagonism towards Israel.”
However, the report includes dozens of examples of encouragement of violence and demonization of Israel and of Jews. –JPost
One textbook promotes a conspiracy theory that Israel removed the original stones of ancient sites in Jerusalem and replaced them with ones bearing “Zionist drawings and shapes.” pic.twitter.com/ggsTS76R1l
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) June 9, 2021
The concept of “resistance” is a recurring theme in the textbooks studied, along with calls for the Palestinians to be liberated via a revolution. To clarify the concept, one textbook has a photo with the caption “Palestinian revolutionaries” featuring five masked men toting machine guns.
Glorification and praise of terrorists who attacked Israelis can be found not only in history or social studies books, but also in science and math books, such as one that mentions a school named after the “shahid” (martyr) Abu Jihad, a leader of the First Intifada. A demonstration of Newton’s second law includes Palestinians using slingshots to strike at Israeli soldiers.
Dalal al-Mughrabi was a Palestinian woman involved in a 1978 bus hijacking in which she and her accomplices murdered 38 Israelis, including 13 children. She is a much-admired figure in Palestinian society. Textbooks repeatedly refer to her in the context of female empowerment. The report says there are “no further portraits of significant female figures in Palestinian history,” implying that “the path of violence [is] the only option for women to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to their people and country.” –JPost
The cited examples are too numerous to relate without duplicating the original article, but here is are some bullet points:
-references to hostility between Mohammad and the Jews of his day, emphasizing Jewish hostility to Islam’s prophet
-asking who ‘other’ enemies to Islam might be (aside from Jews)
-Mohammad’s aunt clubbing a Jew to death is used as framing for the modern question of relations with Jews
-Most maps name Israel as ‘Palestine’
-‘Zionist Occupation’ is the term used in place of the state of ‘Israel’
The article (well worth reading in full) goes on to show the dramatic backpedaling of the European authorities now that their own financial connection to anti-Semitic hate-mongering has been exposed.
Their public stand on the issue is that they are demanding reforms be made to the teaching and curriculum.
Remember the bullet point about the maps? If that seemed like it was ringing a bell for the goings-on in DC, it was. Here’s a look at the map in Rashida Tlaib’s office…
And here she is promoting Sarsour’s book while wearing a T-shirt denying the existence of the State of Israel…
Why is that relevant? Because she and a handful of like-minded Squad members hold the balance of power in the Democrat Party these days, and THIS issue will require revisiting.
Also Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the State Department would be “looking very, very carefully” at how UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and their descendants, addresses hateful messages in its textbooks.
“We’re also determined that UNRWA pursue very necessary reforms in terms of some of the abuses of the system that have taken place in the past, particularly the challenge that we’ve seen in disseminating in its educational products antisemitic or anti-Israel information, so we’re very focused on that,” Blinken said.
Earlier this year, the US announced that it would contribute $150 million to UNRWA.– JPost
Will the Squad agree to block funding while these ‘educational materials’ are reformed to remove antisemitic materials?
Or do they fundamentally agree with what those materials teach?