David Bedein

Four Questions to Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett​ at the Seder​

Have been commissioned to write a feature on the latest study of Palestinian Authority textbooks, authored by Dr. Arnon Groiss, who has perused all 1000 PA school books that the Palestinian Authority has issued, ever since the PA began to publish their own textbooks on August 1, 2000:

That study can be found at:

Dr. Groiss concludes that PA education is based on three principles:

1. De-legitimization of Israel’s existence and the Jews’ very presence in ​​the country, including the denial of their history and the existence of any Jewish holy places there.

2. Demonization of both Israel and Jews, also religiously – with serious implications regarding the Jews’ image in the eyes of children

3. Absence of any call for peace with Israel. Instead, PA education advocates a violent struggle for the liberation of the whole country, including pre-1967 Israel. This struggle is given a religious color. Terror is an integral part thereof, with the accompanying meaning of encouraging the murder of Jews

Therefore, posting four questions to the Israel Prime Minister, on the eve of Passover:

1. Will you reinforce the mandate of COGAT , the Israel Civil Administration, which is supposed to check PA textbooks before they are put in use and has not been doing so of late.

2, Will the Prime Minister ask COGAT to issue a proper review of the texts used by the PA and UNRWA

3. Will the Prime Minister ask for removal of PA texts which laud Dallal El Mugrabi, the woman Arab terrorist who commandeered an Israeli civilan bus in 1978 and murdered 35 Jewish passengerss.

4. Will the Prime Minister condition humanitarian aid to the PA on a revision of PA education?

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at:
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