PA schoolbooks on fighting Americans and British in Iraq:"Brave resistance to liberate Iraq" from "occupation"

Posted in Israel / Palestine | 06-Mar-08 | Author: Itamar Marcus and Barbara Croo

In response to queries after yesterday's bulletin about Palestinian Authority (PA) support of terrorists fighting American and British soldiers in Iraq, PMW is providing additional significant material on this issue from Palestinian schoolbooks.

Palestinian support for those fighting American and British soldiers in Iraq is mainstream Palestinian ideology. One prominent and important example can be seen in the recently published PA 12th grade schoolbooks. In these newest PA schoolbooks, the relationship between the Islamic-Arab world and the West is described as a "Clash of Civilizations", led by the United States [Contemporary Problems, grade 12, p. 92.], and Iraq is cited quite frequently.

Islam is said to promote Human Rights [ibid, pp. 95-96], while the US and the West are described as "the colonialist states, [who] are taking advantage of it [human rights]" and "interfering in the matters of other states, as is happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur..." [ibid, p. 101] America is guilty of "violations of international humanitarian law in Iraq and Afghanistan..." [ibid, p. 108] Finally, the Palestinian children are taught that fighting against American and British soldiers in Iraq is "brave resistance to liberate Iraq" from "occupation" [History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century, grade 12, p. 147.],

These are the same opinions expressed this week by Fatah leader Mahmoud Ismail and documented in yesterday's PMW bulletin.

These PA schoolbooks were published with foreign money, primarily from Belgium.

The following is from the new 12th grade Palestinian history book:

"The President of the United States, George Bush Jr [sic], gave the Iraqi president in 2003 an ultimatum of 48 hours to leave Iraq, or face a war to disarm him. The Arab League rejected this ultimatum. The U.S. and Britain [forces]... stormed Iraqi cities with the participation of military forces from different countries and Baghdad fell. The Iraqis did not surrender to this occupation but succeeded in organizing themselves, and a brave resistance to liberate Iraq began."

[History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century, grade 12, p. 147, published 2006]