PMW: Holocaust Denial and Hate in New PA School Textbooks

by Hana Levi Julian

( The Palestinian Authority is systematically teaching its children to deny the Holocaust ever happened, according to a report released Monday by the Palestinian Media Watch.

The new 12th grade textbooks were written by the Center for Developing Palestinian Curricula, an organization which is supported by foreign funding. The textbooks, which bear a special “thanks” to Belgium, were introduced by the PA Ministry of Higher Education at the end of 2006.

Not surprisingly, the new materials which will be used to guide young PA Arab minds were found to educate the children toward Jewish genocide, both virtually and physically.

The textbooks are diametrically opposed to the concept of peaceful co-existence with Jews in the State of Israel, according to the PMW report.

…the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people…

In fact, the teachings deny Israel’s right to exist altogether, referring to the founding of the Jewish State as a “catastrophe unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their houses…”

The new PA history books also make no mention of the Holocaust, though the textbook “History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century” includes extensive information on the events of World War II – except those relating to Jews.

Former PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud A-Zahar, who is now a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was quoted recently in a Hamas newspaper as saying, “Germany is imprisoned by a complex of the so-called ‘Holocaust’ and they suffer from it.”

It is also important to note that, PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, touted by the United States and other Western nations as a “moderate” force among terrorists, denied central elements of the genocide of the Jews in his doctoral dissertation.