The Palestinians’ EU-financed 2017 textbooks “contain, across all subjects, violent depictions, hate speech – in particular against Israel – and glorifications of jihad and martyrdom,” the EU noted.
The European Parliament Budgetary Committee voted last week to freeze 15 million Euros in aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over anti-Semitic incitement in its school textbooks, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The move comes amid controversy surrounding inciting messages and images in PA textbooks used in EU funded schools.
The funds will be released when the PA “commits to reform its school curriculum and textbooks to bring them in line with UNESCO standards for peace and tolerance in school education,” the EU stated, essentially meaning never.
The bill will be voted on in late October, and if the bill passes the plenary vote, the EU will withhold €15,440,597 until the PA changes its textbooks.
“The textbooks published by the PA in 2017, which are financed by the EU… contain, across all subjects, numerous examples of violent depictions, hate speech – in particular against Israel – and glorifications of jihad and martyrdom,” the bill states. “As has already been pointed out by Parliament in its resolution on the 2016 budget discharge (par. 272), European Union-financed teaching and training programs should reflect common values.”
The British government in July launched a review into the PA educational curriculum over growing concerns that British taxpayers are paying for the Palestinians to teach children incitement and anti-Semitism.
The United Kingdom pays more than £20million ($26 million) per year for Palestinian schools.
The investigation was spurred by an analysis conducted by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education group into PA school textbooks, concluding that they provoke “young Palestinians to acts of violence in a more extensive and sophisticated manner,” and that “the curriculum’s focus appears to have expanded from demonization of Israel to providing a rationale for war.”
The PA educational system routinely poisons the minds of Palestinian children by educating them to hate Israel and Israelis and through terror-promoting messages. They even use cultural mediums such as school plays, sports events and summer camps for this heinous objective.
In line with this policy, the PA has named at least 28 schools after terrorists and at least three schools after Nazi collaborators. Significantly, the PA Ministry of Education is directly and solely responsible for naming schools.