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US AID should place conditions on it's donation to the Palestinians
The Jerusalem Post reported in its August 18 edition that the US and the Palestinian Authority signed a $148 million economic aid agreement.
Our agency asked PA officials where the money was going.
The answer: education, for the new school year of the PA schools, many of which function in United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) facilities.
That is because the texts taught in the UNRWA schools are prepared by the Palestinian authority in conjunction with UNRWA.
UNRWA uses that PA curriculum - which .openly rejects the existence of Israel and instead encourages "The Right of Return" of the Palestinians - by means of the "armed struggle."
The PA curriculum does not acknowledge Jewish rights in any part of "Palestine," on either side of the 1967 lines, nor does the PA curriculum recognize any Jewish past in the Land of Israel. Indeed, in PA texts, Israeli cities are identified as Palestinian cities
Israel is demonized in these texts, while no peaceful solution to the Arab-Israel war is ever discussed in the PA curriculum.
In the words of Dr. Anon Gross, the Arabic language journalist expert who translated the texts: "The manifestations of the "Right of Return" in the PA textbooks taught in UNRWA's schools are not nostalgic literary pieces. Rather, the "Right of Return" plays a prominent role in the Palestinian political vision of a continued struggle against a delegitimized and demonized Israel until its eventual destruction".
The educational message provided by UNRWA to Palestinian students thus help to propagate a war like message, in contradiction to the UNRWA's declared slogan, which is that "Peace Starts Here".
Two months ago, our agency sent a registered letter to US AID with a questions about US AID to UNRWA/PA education . The letter has not received the courtesy of a response. .
The letter simply asked if the officials of US AID would ask UNRWA schools to not use textbooks which deny the existence of the State of Israel or undermines it, and/or encourages "The right of return," or the use of violence of any kind.
Here are a few choice quotations from the PA textbooks used by UNRWA:
National Education, Grade 4, Part 1 (2011) p. 43(
Islamic Education, Grade 6, Part 1 (2011) p. 69)
In addition, there are language exercises using this theme such as the following one:
And poems are taught...:
*Over the past 24 years, Israel Resource News Agency and the Center for Near East Policy Research have facilitated news coverage from schools in UNRWA facilities which operate in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Most recently, these agencies produced CAMP JIHAD, which filmed the inside story of UN summer camp activity,..
The author is, Director, Israel Resource News Agency & Center for Near East Policy Research, in Beit Agron, Jerusalem,
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