PA School textbooks
Palestinian Authority school children are actively taught
that the Jews and Israel are the enemy, in a broad range
of contexts. The school texts portray the Jew as the
enemy of believers, the enemy of Islam, the enemy of the
Arabs, as well as generally evil and dangerous. Jews are
killers and robbers and have stolen Arab land. Modern
events are misrepresented to portray Israel and Jews as
the evil force in their world. Zionism is equated to
Nazism, together they are depicted as the prototype
examples of racism. These themes also appear regularly on
The Evil Enemy
"Complete the following blanks spaces with the
appropriate word: The Zionist enemy - - [attacked] - -
civilians with its aircraft.
[Our Arabic Language, Part 2 for Third Grade #523 p..9]
· "Why do the Jews hate Muslim unity and want to
cause division among them? Give an example of the evil
attempts of the Jews, from events happening today."
[Islamic Education for Seventh Grade p. 19]
· "The Jews ? have killed and evicted Muslim and
Christian inhabitants of Palestine, whose inhabitants are
still suffering oppression and persecution under racist
[Islamic Education for Ninth Grade # 589 p. 182]
· "Who is the thief who has torn our homeland?"
[Our Arabic Language for Sixth Grade Part One #553 p. 15]
· "Write in your exercise book: An event showing the
fanaticism of the Jews in Palestine against Muslims or
[Islamic Education for Ninth Grade p. 182]
· "One must beware of the Jews, for they are
treacherous and disloyal."
[Islamic Education for Ninth Grade p. 79]
A section on Zionism is entitled: "Zionist Greed."
['Modern Arab History and Contemporary Problems, Part
Two, for Tenth Grade #613 p. 49]
Even racism is defined through the Jews, while Nazism and
Zionism are equated:
· "Racism: Mankind has suffered from this evil both
in ancient as well as in modern times, for, indeed, Satan
has, in the eyes of many people, made their evil actions
appear beautiful... Such a people are the Jews?"
[ Islamic Education for Eighth Grade p. 95]
· The clearest examples of racist belief and racial
discrimination in the world are Nazism and Zionism.
[The New History of the Arabs and the World, P. 123]
Modern ideologies and their effect on the Arab Nation (6
· Section 2: Understanding the racist and aggressive
character of the Zionist Movement.
Section 6: Summary of the similarity between Nazism,
Fascism and Zionism.
[The New History of the Arabs and the World, P. 92]
Islamic Sources Used to Create Stereotype
At times, the hateful portrayal is based on Islamic
sources. The children are taught to apply the traditional
narratives to hateful teachings regarding Jews and
Israelis today. Five examples:
· "I learn from this lesson: I believe that the Jews
are the enemies of the Prophets and the believers."
[Islamic Education, Part Two, for Fourth Grade #531 p. 67]
· "From the Uhud expedition? a number of lessons can
be learned?: Treachery and disloyalty are character
traits of the Jews and therefore one should beware of
[Islamic Education for Ninth Grade #589 p. 87]
· "The Jews adopted a position of hostility and
deception towards the new religion. They called Muhammad
a liar and denied him, they fought against his religion
in all ways and by all means, a war that has not yet
ended until today, and they conspired with the hypocrites
and the idolaters against him and they are still behaving
in the same way?"
[Islamic Education for Seventh Grade p. 125]
· "In many cases these Jews acted according to their
known cunning and deceit, and they fomented wars [between
[Islamic Education for Ninth Grade # 589 p. 78]
· "Lessons to be learned: One must beware of civil
war, which the Jews try to foment, and of their scheming
against the Muslims."
[Ibid. p. 94]
Misrepresentation of Modern Events
Modern events are misrepresented to portray Israel as
active in an ongoing attack against Islam and the Arabs.
Two examples: In 1969 an Australian [non-Jew] set the
al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on fire. Yet, the children
are taught that Israel did it.
· "This arson is a further chapter in the Zionist
plot, whose aim is to take control of this Islamic holy
place, the Dome of the Rock and the whole area of the
Jerusalem sanctuary and to destroy all that is holy to
[Reader and Literary Texts for Eighth Grade #578 p. 97]
The Zionist movement has never called for the expulsion
of Israel's Arab citizens. Yet the books teach that
Zionism calls for this "expulsion":
· "Zionism is a political, aggressive and colonialist
movement, which calls for the Judaisation of Palestine by
the expulsion of its Arab inhabitants ?
[Modern Arab History and Contemporary Problems, Part Two,
for Tenth Grade #613 p.49]
Palestinian Authority Television
The same hateful portrayal of Jews and Israel found in
the school books is promoted regularly on Palestinian
television. There too, Israel is the enemy of the Arabs
"The Koran stresses that the closest people to the
Muslims are the Christians, whereas their greatest
enemies are the Jews... 'May Allah protect us from the
evil of the Satan - there is no enemy of the believers
greater than the Jews and the idoloters'... Jesus warned
the Jews of destruction and his prophecy was fulfilled
and the City of Peace was purified from the defilement of
the Jews... This ended the invasive Jewish presence in
[PA television June 5, 1998]
· "Israel's mean, brutal, inhuman, fascist, racist,
genocidal, cleansing wars?"
[PA television May 14, 1998]
· "The Jewish gangs waged racial cleansing wars
against innocent Palestinians? large scale appalling
massacres saving no woman or children."
[PA television May 14, 1998]
· One day they attacked? Attacked my country. They killed
the old and slaughtered the young. They burned the Koran
and destroyed the house. They marched upon my heart, you
are my country.
[summer camp song - Palestinian Authority TV, July 19,
The Jewish-Israeli character is maligned: · "The
occupier as you all know is a deceiver, a cheater,
moreover, he is a liar?"
[PA television May 14, 1998 , speech by Khalid Mismar,
Deputy Political representative]
· Zionism is presented as "a cancer in the body of
[PA television May 14, 1998]
· Israeli soldiers are "those terrorists".
[ PA television May 24, 1998]
· "...the terrorism that the occupying Israeli forces
put into practice against our Palestinian nation since
[PA television May 19, 1998]