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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Understatement of the century ..Report: Palestinian Textbooks Portray Jews in Bad Light

DUH !

AP:

JERUSALEM -- Authors of Palestinian school textbooks took small steps toward softening their portrayal of Israel under the rule of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas -- but progress was quickly reversed after the militant Islamic Hamas took over, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and by the American Jewish Committee looked at 120 textbooks published from 2000 to 2006.

The report reflects charges by Israelis that Palestinian textbooks are not in keeping with a peace process that started in 1993. Palestinians counter that Jewish Israeli students are not taught about Palestinian suffering.

Arnon Groiss, author of the report, said most of the textbooks from grade one to 10, issued under the late Yasser Arafat's rule, don't acknowledge any historical Jewish presence in ancient Palestine.

But in 11th grade books issued under the moderate Abbas, there are two maps showing Israel within the "Green Line" -- the cease-fire line before the 1967 war, when Israel captured east Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The textbooks issued under Abbas' rule also include a discussion of Jewish history in the region, the report said.


Unmentioned by AP....The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is in the texts to denigrate the zionist ideal, and authors chose to totally ignore the Holocaust, in line with the moderate Abbas's doctoral thesis. Cities within Israel are referred to as "settlements", like Tel Aviv.

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However, in 2006, the militant Islamic Hamas won an election and issued a 12th grade textbook that dramatically reversed those steps, the report said.

Mixed with anti-Semitic sentiments in the textbooks are genuine Palestinian complaints against Israel, including settlement building in areas Palestinians want for their future state, and the Israeli separation barrier, which swallows swathes of West Bank land.

AP BIAS AND POTENTIAL BIGOTRY ALERT

Then I guess all those threats to annihilate the jews since 1929 didn't work out too well, nor did the wars and mass murders instigated in 29,36,47,48, all thru the 50, and 60's, 67, 73 and the intifadas. Oh, and by the way AP, since you mention the nation of Georgia as being "tiny", and Israel is 1/3 the area of Georgia, I guess that makes them miniscule as well. I don't see that mentioned. hmmmmm. I'm so shocked

And separation barrier? How about defensive mass murder prevention wall, instead?


Jamal Zakkout, spokesman for Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, said Palestinian textbooks should emphasize connection to the land and "a call for tolerance."

However, Zakkout said the main cause of Palestinian ill will toward Israel is not textbooks, but Israel's many checkpoints in the West Bank, the separation barrier and military operations in Palestinian towns.

Hamas officials were not available for comment Tuesday.

Yes, the product of negotiations ongoing since 1936.
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1 Comments:

Blogger Damien said...

Saying the Palestinians portray Jews in a bad like is kind of like saying the Nazis portrayed Jews in a bad light. This is why any peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians won't succeeded. There will never be an independent Israel and an independent Palestine peacefully coexisting until their is a radical change in Palestinian culture. The two state solution is not viable. The Palestinians will not accept the existence of Israel until they have been forced to accept unconditional surrender!

Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:50:00 pm  

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