Israel falsifies Palestinian curriculum in al-Quds schools: Education minister
The Palestinian Authority (PA) says Israel doctors the Palestinian curriculum in schools in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds.
Education Minister Sabri Sidem said “the Israeli authorities printed distorted copies of the Palestinian curriculum and distributed them to the schools supervised by the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem” al-Quds, London-headquartered website the Middle East Monitor reported.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, Sidem said, “The occupation authorities removed the Palestinian flag from all books covers, the Palestinian keffiyeh (a checkered cloth which symbolizes Palestinian resistance), and the name of the State of Palestine and its Eagle Logo as well as the phrase ‘Ministry of Education and Higher Education.’”
The minister added that Israel had also “removed paragraphs and replaced them with others which support the Israeli case, in an attempt to obliterate the Palestinian version.”
The distortion has affected “all the curricula issued by the Palestinian Curriculum Development Center,” he noted.
Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.
Ever since, Tel Aviv has been setting up settlements in the occupied territories and stepping up “security” measures in Jerusalem al-Quds. The Palestinians want its eastern part as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
This summer, Israel legislated huge inroads against Palestinian rights by passing a hugely-controversial “nation-state law.”
The law named the occupying Israeli regime as “the nation-state of the Jewish people,” called settlement construction a priority, and downgraded the status of Arabic as an official language, among other things.