These terror filled last few weeks in Israel have left many people wondering: What would lead a teenager to walk the streets of Israel looking for anyone Jewish to stab to death? How are such children produced? What is the cause?
The answer is very straightforward – incitement in Palestinian schools. I recently appeared on i24 News alongside a Palestinian educator named Dr. Ghassan Abdullah. When I raised the issue of incitement in Palestinian textbooks, he said that I was lying and even challenged me to produce the textbooks which incite the children.
Are you ready Dr. Abdullah? Here you go:
From “Reading and Texts Part 2” for Grade 9, printed in 2013, pages 51-53:
Lesson 11: Palestine by the poet Ali Mahmud Taha
O brother, the oppressors have exceeded all bounds and Jihad and sacrifice are necessary…
From “Our Beautiful Language,” Part 1 for Grade 5 printed in 2013, the following poem is presented on page 50:
We Are Returning
Returning, returning, we are returning
Borders shall not exist, nor citadels and fortresses
Cry out, O those who have left:
We are returning
Returning to the homes, to the valleys, to the mountains
Under the flag of glory, Jihad and struggle
With blood, sacrifice, fraternity and loyalty
We are returning
Returning, O hills; returning, O heights
Returning to childhood; returning to youth
To Jihad in the hills, [to] harvest in the land
We are returning
In “Our Beautiful Language,” Part 1 for Grade 7 printed in 2013, the following poem is presented on page 75:
Hearing [weapons’] clash is pleasant to my ear
And the flow of blood gladdens my soul
As well as a body thrown upon the ground
Skirmished over by the desert predators
By your life! This is the death of men
And whoever asks for a noble death – this is it!
A textbook called “National Education,” published in 2013 for 5th graders states on page 30:
A disaster fell upon Palestinian society in 1948 at the hands of the Zionist organizations as most of the Palestinians were forced to emigrate from their land and the State of Israel was established on part of Palestine…
In “National Education” for Grade 2 published in 2007, it states on page 16:
Alongside a map of the entire Israel with the word Palestine as its label, it says: Palestine is Arab and Muslim” and “The Palestinian people is part of the Arab-Muslim nation.
In “History of Ancient Civilizations,” 2004 for Grade 5, it says on page 30:
The land of the Levant [Bilad al-Sham in Arabic] presently comprises the following states: Palestine, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, The Republic of Lebanon, The Syrian Arab Republic.
The clear message? Israel does not exist.
In “Mathematics” for grade 3 part 1, on page 80 printed in 2012:
Problem #13 alongside a map of the entire land of Israel:
The independence of the State of Palestine was proclaimed in the year 1988 [in Algiers]. How many years have passed since the proclamation of independence?
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These are just a few glaring examples. I thank Dr. Arnon Groiss, an Arabic-language journalist, for revealing these and many other examples of Palestinian incitement.
As long as this incitement continues, not only is there no chance for peace, but there is little chance of bringing these horrific terror attacks to an end. The Europeans and the United States are now scrambling to figure out a way to stop what they call the “cycle of violence,” which in the current climate means Palestinian terrorists attacking and killing Jews, while Israeli police and soldiers shoot them to prevent the attacks from being successful or to minimize the damage during the attacks. They can start by addressing the incitement in the schools and textbooks, and making all funding of the Palestinian Authority and projects in the Palestinian territories conditional on eradicating these books and all incitement.