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IMPACT-SE's History

Since 1998, IMPACT-SE has engaged in the research of school textbooks, teacher's guides and curricula used in the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran. It has published a dozen reports, which have been used by members of the US Congress, the EU Parliament and the Israeli Knesset, to demand changes in the curricula and textbooks of Middle East countries, and to condition funds' allocation accordingly. IMPACT-SE's reports have also been extensively used by the media.

Below are some examples of the changes achieved as a result of IMPACT-SE's findings:

  • IMPACT-SE's testimonies on "The Role of Textbooks in the Middle East Conflict," which were presented at a European Parliament conference in March 2006, were placed on the official site of the European Parliament. IMPACT-SE was asked to turn into a concrete proposal its suggestion that the European Parliament award an annual prize for the best school textbooks promoting tolerance and respect of the "Other."
  • IMPACT-SE's report on "Jews, Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks: 2000-2001"--on the first textbooks produced by the Palestinian Authority--brought about the adoption by the European Parliament of Amendment 177 to the EU budget regarding its plan of action in the Middle East. It stipulated that "these appropriations may not be used to support any actions, projects or programs promoting principles or views which are incompatible with the fundamental values of the EU; rather, they may be used only for projects supporting peace, understanding, reconciliation and the breaking down of hatred."
  • IMPACT-SE's first report on the "Palestinian Authority School Textbooks," published in September 1998, was instrumental in including the field of education in the mandate of the Tripartite Committee against Incitement, set up by the Wye Accord.