Report: Israelis Paying for Incitement Materials in Arab Schools

YERUSHALAYIM -
Palestinian student at a protest, October 14, 2015 Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90
A Palestinian student at a protest, Oct. 14, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A report on Channel Ten Tuesday night outlines the activities of schools in Arab neighborhoods of Yerushalayim, which have instituted anti-Israel and anti-Semitic curricula that encourage jihad, terror, and the destruction of Israel – all on the dime of the Israeli taxpayer.

The Arab school system in east Yerushalayim neighborhoods is considered independent, but is funded by the Education Ministry for 70 percent of its budget – with curricular content supposedly under Education Ministry supervision.

However, the system uses many materials that could only be classified as Jihadist. In one passage in an eighth grade language textbook, students are told that “Jihad is an obligation. The sound of the click of weapons is music to my ears. My soul is overjoyed at the sight of rushing blood, and the sight of a dead body that the creatures of the desert fight each other to consume.” In a social studies textbook, Palestine appears as the only state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. A history book makes no mention of the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel; and materials praising the “martyrs” killed or imprisoned for killing Israelis are rampant in all subject books.

In response, the Yerushalayim municipality, which is directly responsible for the schools, said that it acted “based on government decisions. We employ an expert who looks at the materials and acts to prevent the use of inciteful materials that advocated violence or negative attitudes to the state of Israel. The responsibility to ensure that these materials not be used belongs to the Education Ministry.” In its own response, the Education Ministry said that it examines and evaluates the materials used by the schools, in an effort to track down and remove negative materials. “We promote the use of materials produced by the Ministry in East Yerushalayim schools,” the Ministry said.