In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, Dr. Roger Avenstrup writes that the idea of Palestinian schools teaching hatred of Jews in their textbooks may be primarily a myth.

“It turns out that the original allegations were based on Egyptian or Jordanian textbooks and incorrect translations. Time and again, independently of each other, researchers find no incitement to hatred in the Palestinian textbooks”

He notes that the US Consulate General in Jerusalem commissioned studies from the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) and that:

“The IPCRI 2003 report [PDF] states that the overall orientation of the curriculum is peaceful and does not incite to hatred or violence against Israel and the Jews, and the 2004 report [PDF] states that there are no signs of promoting hatred toward Israel, Judaism or Zionism, nor toward the Western Judeo-Christian tradition or values”

Coincidentally, ICPRI has also issued a report [PDF] on texts used in the Israeli educational system. Could the often repeated claims of incitement in Palestinian textbooks be an attempt to find some alternative explanation to the understandable rage felt by Palestinians living under decades of occupation?
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