The purpose of this newsletter is to present the different, and at times contradictory, findings between a report prepared by CMIP on PNA school textbooks and those of three other reports produced in the last two years. A comparison of the reports reveals that the different criteria used by each researcher in his examination of the book is the basis for the disparity in the interpretations of their content.
School curricula and textbooks reveal what societies wish to instill in the young generations. They are a major factor in contributing to the future opinions of those being educated today. A comparison of Palestinian and Israeli school textbooks has shown that in the last decade there has been a serious effort on the part of the Israelis to educate the youth to accept the implications of the peace process, whereas the Palestinian school textbooks reveal a considerable regression from their mid-1990s position.