Virulently Anti Semitic book in use in the new Palestinian Authority curriculum (PMW-Palestinian Media Watch) By Itamar Marcus)
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In early September the Palestinian Autonomous Authority [PA] issued 15 new textbooks, comprising the full curricula for grades 1 and 6. The Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace [CMIP] has reviewed these books and the preliminary findings that have been published in the world press show that these new books do not educate for peace. They do not reconcile with the existence of Israel as a neighbor state, Israel is still classified in these texts as a colonialist country that conquered "Palestine" in 1948. The maps of the Middle East in these books omit mention of Israel all the land between Lebanon and Egypt is labeled "Palestine".
However, far more severe is the virulent anti-Semitism found in old book "Our Country Palestine" (by Mustafa al-Deba'a, published in 1947 and expanded in 1965) which is in use in the new curriculum under the heading "activity" to teach about the children's towns ["Our Beautiful Language" for sixth grade, p.110]. With the aim of endearing "Our Country Palestine" upon the children, the new textbook devotes three pages to the book, heaping praises on both it and its author, proclaiming it a "Great Book" and elevating it and the story of how it was written to the level of a sort of Palestinian Epic. The "activity" includes going to the school or city library for the book:
The following are examples of the teachings from prominent locations in this "great book":
a banner on the title page of Volume I:
"There is no alternative to destroying Israel"
from the introduction to Volume II:
"Perhaps Allah brought the Jews to our land so that their demise would be here, as it was in their wars with Rome"
from the back cover of Volume I:
"[the book] will demonstrate the fraudulence of the Jewish claim, that Palestine is theirs by historical right, which is the greatest lie known to humanity. The Jews were foreigners who strayed to it, and their existence there was terminated 2,000 years ago. The Arabs, on the other hand, settled it in pre-historic times and subsequently ruled unceasingly for thousands of years..."
from the introduction (p. ix): "The Arabs, and not the Jews, are those who have the connection [to the land] and the right. The return of the Jews to Palestine and permitting them to establish a Jewish State contradicts history..."
the book is dedicated to:
"...those who are battling for the expulsion of the enemy from our land!"
from the introduction (p. viii): "It is undeniably conclusive from this part of the book that the Jewish claim to historic rights to Palestine has no justification, it is a deceitful and disproved claim with no parallel in history, it is a blatant lie... as to the attachment of the Arabs to Palestine and their historic right to it, this is eternal and clear... they have resided in it since the dawn of the land's history, before there were Jews in the world, their attachment has never been severed and continues to this day..."and:
"The Jews entered our homeland and left it just as other transient nations have entered it and left it"
The book describes the evil of Jewry and their desire to dominate in language that is reminiscent of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", including exposing the Jewish goal "...to establish a global Jewish empire, whose territory will be not only from the Nile to the Euphrates and from Medina to Kuwait - the true goal of the Jews is to rob the majority of all the Arab homeland. [p. 11]and:
"The Jews have no places left in Palestine they claim are holy sites to them except the Wailing Wall... the Moslems permitted the Jews, out of kindness and generosity, to visit this wall... as to what the Jews claim it is theirs, house of worship and cemeteries located in Palestinian territory, well these are the property of Christians and Moslems... Palestine, the gift of the heavens to the earth is today the subject of the heart's aspirations for Christian's and Moslems -representing half the world's population- and the struggle waged in it is not between Moslems and Jews alone, rather it is between Christianity and Islam on the one side, and Zionism on the other." [p. 9, 10-11]
banner on the chapter The Beer Sheba Region:
"The thieves wish to settle millions of Jews in the Beer Sheba region..."
subheading of the chapter; The Jews in Our Country:"Palestine was never anything but an artificial environment for the Jews." (PMW)
[vol. i, p. 543 -quote from Gustav Lubon]
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