Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

PA removes mention of agreements with Israel from textbooks

NGO says elimination in new Palestinian textbooks of any reference to Israel, the Jewish people and peace dashed hopes for reformation of Palestinian curriculum

The Palestinian Authority has removed all trace of agreements signed with Israel from its textbooks, according to an organization tracking educational material in the Middle East.




According to IMPACT-se (the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education), the only signed agreement still mentioned in schoolbooks for West Bank and Gaza students from first grade through to high school is the 1993 Oslo Accords, but even those are mentioned less favorably and in less detail than in earlier versions of the textbooks. 


Reference to previous peace agreements removed from PA school books
Reference to previous peace agreements removed from PA school books


Some of the examples of agreements signed by the PA with Israel were removed, with the new curriculum representing a quantum leap backward toward radicalizing the textbooks, IMPACT-se claims.


The 2019 textbooks no longer include the PLO statement calling for coexistence, peace and non-violence with Israel, which appeared in the old version of the curriculum


The sentence that previously appeared - "The PLO considers that the signing of the Declaration of Principles constitutes a historic event, inaugurating a new epoch of peaceful coexistence free from violence and all other acts which endanger peace and stability" - has been changed to:


"Forcing the Zionist Occupation (Israel) to recognize the PLO after the first Intifada in 1987 contributed to the return of PLO cadres and institutions in 1994 to the West Bank and Gaza Strip."


Deleted from the new curriculum was the relatively substantial amount of information taught to Palestinian students about ancient Jewish history in "Palestine." and  Jewish presence and connection to Jerusalem. There is no longer mentioned as the Jews’ capital in the ancient period.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (צילום: AFP)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (צילום: AFP)


Another example of material now missing from textbooks is the use of the term Jewish State, which appeared in an atlas showing boundaries in the 1937 Partition Plan, the 1947 Partition Resolution, and the 1949 armistice lines.


According to IMPACT-se, there are far fewer references to Israel by name in the curriculum, instead there are references to "Zionist Occupation"; "The Occupation"; "Israeli Occupation"; "The Zionists"; and "The Zionist Entity.”


The elimination of any reference to Israel, the Jewish people and peace, has dashed any reasonable hope for a reformation of the Palestinian curriculum was dashed, the authors of the IMPACT-se study conclude.


Blue and White leader Benny Gantz told Ynet the new curriculum harms hopes for a better future for new generations.


פרסום ראשון: 10.07.19, 12:10
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