Destroying Israel continues to be a desired and attainable goal
candidly presented in Palestinian Authority discourse and education.
The intensity of this hate message has increased on Palestinian
Authority Television (PA TV) since Israel left Gush Katif in Gaza,
as religious, political and educational leaders have encouraged
Palestinians to perceive the events there as a first step towards
Three PA TV programs stressed this goal last week. The first, a
rebroadcast of a so-called "historical educational" program first
aired in 2003, reiterated the PA teaching that Israel has no right
to exist because all of Israel is "Palestine." Worse, it taught that
Israel´s continued existence is, by its very nature, a threat to the
entire Arab world.
The PA TV broadcast showed a map of all of Israel marked as
Palestine under the PLO flag, while the narrator taught that if
Palestine is not "whole," meaning if Israel continues to exist, it
is like a fatal knife thrust into the heart of the Arab nation,
which threatens it in its entirety. The following are the words:Click here to view the
"The countries of our [Arab] homeland also have a heart...
"If the heart is whole and healthy, then all the other parts are
whole and healthy. The heart of the Arab homeland is Palestine. The
homeland remains whole and healthy if Palestine is whole and
"A stab in the heart is a deathblow.
"Throughout the generations of history there were those who directed
the first stab at the heart of the Arab nation, to Palestine."
[PA TV, September 6, 2005 and July 1, 2003]
"Nothing compares to this joy, the oppressed overcomes the
oppressor. But our happiness will be complete only with the return
of all of our lands - the [West] Bank, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa,
Haifa, Safed, and other stolen cities".
[Dr. Ismaeil Al-Fara, lecturer at Al-Quds University, and director
of the General Union for Disabled Palestinians in Khan Yunis, PA TV,
September 2, 2005]
PMW has been warning for years about the dangers of this PA
indoctrination to see Israel´s existence as illegitimate and
temporary, especially among children. The results of this education
were seen again this week as three children showed off their
drawings of maps of "Palestine" on PA TV. All three children erased
Israel´s existence in their drawings while the maps were tied in
barbed wire symbolizing "Palestine" as ensnared by Israel.
These were some their explanations:Click here to view the
Mahmoud Eid: "In this painting I wanted to emphasize the chains that
the occupation puts on our people. I painted this map of Palestine,
with the Palestinian flag to say to our people that Palestine is
still Palestine, and that the Palestinians deserve it - not the
Udai: "I painted the map so we will not forget our place on the map."
Significantly, the children call all of Israel "Palestine" and all
of Israel is said to be "the Occupation." These conclusions are not
surprising - they are the direct result of ten years of PA
education. PA schoolbooks - even those published last year - replace
Israel with "Palestine" on all maps. In addition, the
word "occupation" in the school books refers to all of Israel. For
... "Colonialism: Palestine faced the British occupation after the
First World War in 1917, and the Israeli occupation in 1948..."
[National Education, sixth grade, p. 16, PA ministry of Education,
2000, translated by Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace]
Palestinian Media Watch has reported on other examples of
Palestinian children reflecting their education that Israel should
be destroyed, thereby reflecting one of the central messages of
their formal and informal education. One such example was a letter
writing competition held by the PA Ministry of Education. The winner
wrote of "returning" to Jaffa, a city in Israel. Read the bulletin
Palestinian Media Watch finds it significant that PA TV would choose
to air these programs the day before Israel withdrew its troops from
Gaza. These programs reinforce the messages the PA educational
system has been delivering for years - and teach Palestinian
children to see the peace process as temporary and Israel´s
destruction as attainable and inevitable.