The Palestinian Authority’s new school curriculum infuses antisemitism in young minds and glorifies jihad terrorism, reveals a recently released report by IMPACT-se, an NGO that monitors school textbooks around the world. The report, which analyzed 222 textbooks for the 2020-21 academic year, found that they “remain openly antisemitic and continue to encourage violence, jihad and martyrdom.”

Palestinian textbooks teach children to glorify jihad terrorism at a very young age. According to the curriculum, “[m]artyrdom, specifically dying in the battlefield as an act of jihad, will result in ‘rewards’.” Students are encouraged to discuss goals and concepts of jihad, jihadi fighters (mujahid), and the wonders of martyrdom for individuals and for society,” the detailed study said.

The Palestinian Authority’s education system, generously funded by foreign and Western donors, is failing to prepare Palestinian children to become productive members of their community or responsible citizens. It sets them up to become expendable cannon fodder in the terrorist campaign against Israel. “The word jihad is subliminally inserted into general Arabic grammar exercises that teach it is ‘one of the gates to paradise’,”the report found. Jihad is considered “the crest of Islam” and “one of the gates to achieving martyrdom.”

These finding are even more damning if one considers that these textbooks belong to the Palestine Liberation Organization-controlled Palestinian Authority, which is feted by the mainstream media and Western governments as the moderate representative of the Palestinians, as compared to Gaza-based Islamic terrorist organization Hamas.

Here are some of the shocking findings of the 92-page report (See the full report here.):

The latest IMPACT-se analysis of the new Palestinian curriculum found it to have moved further from meeting UNESCO standards and the newly published textbooks were found to be more radical than those previously published.

There is a systematic insertion of violence, martyrdom and jihad across all grades and subjects. Extreme nationalism and Islamist ideologies are widespread throughout the curriculum, including science and math textbooks. (…) The possibility of peace with Israel is rejected. (…)

Lessons in the textbooks link the violent early Islamic period to the current “national struggle,” invoking a sense of historical destiny. The rewards of paradise are outlined, including the promise of virgin brides. Those who pursue personal success and careers are portrayed as cowards. Subliminal messaging is evident, using conflict-related images to teach science and math. (…)

Texts systematically demonizes Israel, and the Jewish-Israeli Other is portrayed in a solely negative fashion. Jews are maligned and presented as a rival of the Prophet of Islam. No objective information is provided about Israel and Jews that would serve to counterbalance these portrayals. In short, there is no encouragement towards coexistence throughout the entire curriculum. (…)

No changes relating to existing problematic content which supports hate speech, antisemitism, incitement, violence, and encouragement of martyrdom and jihad have been made in the Palestinian Authority’s 2020–21 school textbooks. Most adjustments keep such material intact or make it worse. (…)

Students are taught that those who die as martyrs (shuhada’) while killing infidels (Christians, Jews, polytheists) will go to paradise where Allah will raise their status. No essential historical context or alternative explanation about infidels is given to students. Rewards to faithful Muslims emphasize sexual incentives such as unmarried beautiful women.

The textbooks distort history and paint Israel as the aggressor, while depicting terrorists as role models for Palestinian youth. “Any historical Jewish presence in the modern-day territories of Israel and the Palestinian Authority is entirely omitted from the textbooks.” reports said. “Israeli concessions for peace are either absent or presented negatively. Palestinian children are not taught what peace will look like since peaceful resolution as an ultimate goal is absent from the textbooks.”

The report uncovered graphic examples of how young, impressionable minds are being subjected to terrorist propaganda. “Math is still taught to fourth-graders by adding numbers of martyrs killed in Palestinian uprisings,” the report said.

The jihad propaganda does not limit itself to Palestinian boys alone. “Girls are encouraged to kill and be killed in a chapter that discusses the role of women in the beginning of Islam and the first women who were martyred in the name of Islam,” the study found.

Legal Insurrection has often reported on antisemitic and Islamist indoctrination carried out in schools managed by the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations’ so-called Palestine refugee agency UNRWA. Teaching young Palestinians to hate Israel and embrace terrorism is perhaps the biggest obstacle to peace. While reviewing the IMPACT-se study for the 2017-18 Palestinian curriculum, Miriam Elman noted: “No real Israeli-Palestinian peace can emerge in the absence of an active peace-education curriculum.”

IMPACT-se, which conducted several comprehensive surveys of Israeli textbooks, found a very different picture on the other side of the border. Contrasting both Israeli and Palestinian curricula based on an IMPACT-se study, David Gerstman noted in June 2020 that “Israeli texts promote the idea of coexistence with the Palestinians, which is diametrically opposed to Palestinian textbooks’ denial of Israel’s right to exist and the promotion of terror and violence.”

These are not entirely new insights. Western and European governments who shell out millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money are well aware of them. The EU Parliament passed a resolution in May 2020 raising concern that “problematic material in Palestinian school textbooks has still not been removed and is concerned about the continued failure to act effectively against hate speech and violence in school textbooks.” A significant part of teachers’ salaries and educational budget are financed by the European Union countries.

What Are Palestinian Children Reading in Their Textbooks? (May 2019)


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