Study: Palestinian textbooks are “openly antisemitic and continue to encourage violence, jihad and martyrdom.”
The European Union has agreed to release around $224 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, despite part of this money going into funding children’s textbooks carrying antisemitic and jihadist propaganda.
In March 2022, the EU — Palestinian Authority’s biggest donor — had frozen hundreds of millions of euros in funding over Palestinian textbooks inciting violence and terrorism against Israel and the Jewish people.
The frozen funds will be now be released immediately, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised her Palestinian counterpart. “I am very glad to announce that the EU funds for 2021 can be disbursed rapidly. All the difficulties are gone,” she told PA Prime Minister Shtayyeh.
The EU will release this money without any precondition, European media reports confirm.
It is appalling to see EU-chief von der Leyen, a German politician and protégé of Angela Merkel, capitulating on the issues of antisemitic incitement and terrorist propaganda against Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reported EU’s unfreezing of funds:
The EU on Tuesday failed to pass a proposal to withhold about 5% of its support for the Palestinian Authority in light of antisemitic incitement from its textbooks, after 14 months of freezing funding.
Instead, the European Commission – whose president, Ursula von der Leyen was in Israel on Tuesday – decided to pay the PA without new conditions, despite the findings of an EU-commissioned study by the Georg-Eckert Institute confirming in June 2021 that Palestinian textbooks feature antisemitism, glorification of terrorism and erase Israel.
The European Commission approved a €224.8 million aid package for the Palestinians on Tuesday, in addition to previous contributions of €92m. to UNRWA and €25m. specifically for humanitarian aid. The EU projected €1.152 billion in financial support for the Palestinians for the years 2021-2024.
Last September, Prof. Dr. Eckhardt Fuchs, director of the Georg-Eckert Institute, told the European Parliament 2021 while some books follow UNESCO standards, “in other subjects they do not. Here you find incitement to hatred, antisemitic parts, and this we have said very clearly and differentiated.”
The EU’s objections were based on a detailed study of Palestinian textbooks that found “openly antisemitic and continue to encourage violence, jihad and martyrdom.”
The study was conducted by IMPACT-se, an NGO that monitors school textbooks worldwide. The study analyzed 222 Palestinian textbooks for the 2020-21 academic year, and revealed that they taught Jihad as “the crest of Islam” and “one of the gates to achieving martyrdom.”
“Students are encouraged to discuss goals and concepts of jihad, jihadi fighters (mujahid), and the wonders of martyrdom for individuals and for society,” the 92-page study said.
Children as young as nine were being exposed to terrorist propaganda. According to the study, mathematic is “taught to fourth-graders by adding numbers of martyrs killed in Palestinian uprisings.” Even girls are indoctrinated in the ideology of jihad. “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.
The EU not only funding terrorist indoctrination of Palestinian children, it is also financing a vast network of NGOs and charities run by Palestinian terrorist organizations. “Independent research conducted by NGO Monitor shows that in 2011-2021, the European Commission alone provided at least €28 million for projects featuring” NGO affiliated to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group,” The Jerusalem Post noted Sunday. “Together with other European governments, the total exceeds €200 million to a network of at least 13 NGOs linked to the PFLP.”
The EU money reportedly also finances Palestinian Authority’s “pay-for-slay” scheme, which awards monthly ‘salaries’ to convicted terrorists and their families for acts of terror committed against Israelis.DONATE
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