Palestinian schools in Jerusalem offered money to switch to Israeli curriculum

Palestinian school children sit in their classroom of their UNRWA school on the first day of the new school year in Gaza City, on 25 August 2013. (Photo: AFP - Mahmud Hams)

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Several Palestinian schools in Jerusalem will incorporate Israeli educational material in their curriculum after receiving financial incentives from Israeli officials, Ma’an news agency reported on Wednesday

An education official told Ma’an that the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem had offered increased salaries for teachers and principals who implement Israeli course material in the classes, bringing an estimated $550 for each student enrolled in schools agreeing to the switch.

Some Palestinian and Israeli school principals and teachers met in Tel Aviv last week to discuss the change, the official added.

Jerusalem’s director of education Samir Jibril said at least five Palestinian schools in Jerusalem will switch from Palestinian Authority to Israeli education plans at certain grade levels.

"This step is very dangerous and touches the awareness of Palestinians in Jerusalem in an effort to brainwash them and control them, especially young generations,” a teacher identifying only as Jibril told Ma’an.

The Israeli curriculum purportedly includes maps marking the West Bank as part of Israel and identifying territories by their Jewish Biblical names.

The history material also identifies Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite the fact that the United Nations and most states do not recognize Israel’s claim on the city.

The apartheid wall in the West Bank is also referred to as Israel’s security fence, and Israel is described as a bastion of human rights and democracy.

Another section depicts a conversation between Arab students who praise Israel's development of Palestinian cities and decide to sing the Israeli national anthem.

(Al-Akhbar, Ma’an)

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