EU Reporter Interview — Nov. 6, 2017
“EU Reporter spoke to Marcus Sheff, CEO of IMPACT-se, evaluating Palestinian Authority educational materials with a focus on the new Grades 5-11 textbooks. The first full reform of Palestinian textbooks since 2000 was recently completed. The IMPACT-se assessment found that radicalization is pervasive across this new curriculum, to a greater extent than before…”
Miriam Elman — Legal Insurrection — Nov. 12, 2017
Like earlier textbooks that were used to teach “over one million impressionable children,” a new report finds that the new textbooks—recently released as part of the PA’s first full reform of the educational curriculum since 2000—are still promoting the demonization of Israel. The study, by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), documents how kids in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas are being further indoctrinated to hate through their schoolbooks…
La Libre (Belgium) — Nov. 8, 2017
Generalized radicalization, call to martyrdom, promotion of hatred and jihad … The latest official Palestinian textbooks make up a picture that can not be more black. This is at least the portrait of the Israeli research institute IMPACT-se, after having scrutinized the manuals published since last year by the Palestinian Authority. These concern some 1.2 million primary and secondary students in all Palestinian territories (West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem)… La Libre Article
The New York Times — September 18, 2017
Following a report last year by Impact-se, which analyzed 117 school textbooks in Turkey and concluded that the curriculum taught human rights, was open to Darwin, gender equality, the protection of the environment, compassion toward AIDS patients and various lifestyles, critics have now challenged the overhaul of more than 170 curriculum topics by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “representing a frontal assault on the country’s already fragile tradition of secularism.” The author of the IMPACT-se report, Dr. Hay Yanarocak, said the new changes showed, “Turkey is changing its direction and is no longer, by default, a Western state.”
With the first full reform of the Palestinian curriculum since 2000, IMPACT-se, in its second of three reports, covers sixty-six textbooks from the new PA curriculum of 2017–18 for Grades 5–11. Further research will provide a full assessment of the new curriculum covering Grades 1–12. Selected Examples
IMPACT-se researches textbooks used in the Haredi curricula to promote a unique and separate cultural identity while keeping contact with Israeli culture to a minimum. Though it fails to meet all of the UNESCO standards, Haredi education nevertheless offers some unique characteristics and advantages worth examining.
This IMPACT-se report examines the 2016–17 Palestinian Authority school curriculum, focusing on elementary school grades 1-4. To a greater extent than the 2014–15 textbooks, the curriculum teaches students to be expendable martyrs, rejects negotiations, demonizes and denies the existence of Israel and focuses on a “return” to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.
In July 2015, protesters throughout Turkey burned China’s flag, along with effigies of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong. On the same day, a group of Turkish Ultra-nationalists and Islamists gathered in central Istanbul to protest the alleged restrictions on Uyghur religious freedom in China.
The Israeli Ministry of Education will be making changes to textbooks studied in the state (secular) schools that include references to Jewish religious observance. According to a July 2nd Haaretz article, this is the first time that criticisms of the Israeli NGO, The Secular Forum, have been acknowledged by the Ministry of Education. The Secular […]
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Religious-Messages-in-Secular-Textbooks.jpg482857Mady Frischerhttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngMady Frischer2017-07-03 18:25:232017-07-06 20:25:12Israel Ministry of Education to Review Role of Religion in Textbooks
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Sheep-and-Wolves.jpg362557Eldad J. Pardohttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngEldad J. Pardo2017-06-07 05:27:092017-06-07 16:40:09The Haredi Challenge: From Resistance to Unity
Palestinians may themselves pay the price for UNESCO’s rewriting of history, even if it seems like a success to Palestinian leadership. Once again, the UN organization charged with promoting intercultural understanding and preserving cultural heritage has airbrushed the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest sites. The Palestinian Authority, which spearheaded the campaign, has […]
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Palestinian-Youth-Toy-Gun.jpg530758Daniel Taubhttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngDaniel Taub2016-10-16 16:58:502017-07-03 18:52:08Daniel Taub in the Jerusalem Post -- Palestinians' Future is Not in Rewriting History