IMPACT-SE in the Media
Palestinian Textbook Fiasco
The Tower Magazine - June 2013 (PDF
version, 472 kb)
"Every year, children in Gaza and the West Bank are
taught to hate Jews and Israelis, while Israeli schools
promote coexistence. A bizarrely biased, State Department-funded
study won’t change that fact. [...] Victims
of Our Own Narratives? [IMPACT-SE claims], simply
ignores passages from Palestinian textbooks that are breathtaking
in the danger they represent in an educational context,
citing texts like the following, found in standard Palestinian
in Australian News
"Hate v hate as peace is sidelined" - April
"[T]he latest insight into incitement comes from
a study of 118 textbooks issued by the Palestinian Authority
[...] it is clear from the textbooks survey there is a
school curriculum that refuses to acknowledge Israel or
incites hostility towards Israelis and Jews. The survey
[soon to be published on this website; click
here for previous research on the PA textbooks]
was done by Impact-SE, an independent research organisation
whose advisory board includes Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Its chief executive Shelly Elkayam summarised the research
to Focus: 'The Palestinian Authority in an organised way
has created a policy that is expressed in the textbooks
in which there is no Jewish entity in the Middle East
[...] What we are monitoring is not spontaneous expression
of politicians or religious leaders, what we are studying,
analysing and presenting is the product of the policy
of the Palestinian Authority in educating their children,"
she says.'" Click
here to read the full article (pdf
version, 68 kb)
absent or only negative presence in PA textbooks"
The Jerusalem Post - April 13, 2011 - PDF
Version (100 kb)
Palestinian Authority still has a long way to go before
textbooks in its schools begin to teach true coexistence
with Israeli Jews, according to findings from a study
released Tuesday. The Institute for Monitoring Peace and
Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE), which
reviews textbooks from Israel, the Arab world and Iran,
unveiled its 2011
report on PA school textbooks in a briefing with journalists
at the headquarters of MediaCentral, in Jerusalem...
on German TV
March 15, 2011
IMPACT-SE's CEO Shelley Shandor Elkayam was interviewed
by a newscast on German television about the widespread
trend in Hamas education to deny the holocaust, as well
about the tendency in their school education to deny reality
and truth. Our point of view is that governmental authorities
do not promote cultural understanding and cooperation
by falsifying facts and by renaming sites which have been
well-accepted for 1,700 years. Click
here to see the video clip from the interview.
in the News
January - February 2011
release on Tunisian textbooks
helped the media and
the public understand that revolution starts with education,
following the separation between religion and state.
These, we suggested, brought about the new historical
phenomenon. Our position papers have evolved the discourse
by pointing to journalists and policy makers the difference
between Egypt and Tunisia rooted in educational and
- Los Angeles Times: "Researchers
see Tunisia as a textbook revolution"
February 2, 2011 - PDF
Version (193 kb)
Revolutions seem to take place all of a sudden,
but usually they don't really come out of the blue.
Whether religious, political or economic reasons
are behind upheaval, it often reflects a long process
that reached a tipping point and a window of opportunity...
- Al-Fateh Report Impacts British Prime Minister
IMPACT-SE’s efforts to affect positive change through
its research and fight hatred, intolerance, and incitement
against the West and the Jews have had a profound effect.
IMPACT-SE presented MP Louise Ellman (Labour) with its
report on the Hamas
Web Magazine for Children (Al-Fateh) and
illustrated the danger it poses for children in the Middle
East and Britain. MP Ellman has since called on Prime
Minister Gordon Brown and other ministers to block access
to the site in the UK, invoking and quoting from the report.
The British Home Office is currently looking into her
- Media Reactions to IMPACT-SE
November 2009 European Tour
IMPACT-SE received much press coverage of its two-week
tour to the UK, Belgium and Germany, which it set out
with the goals of raising awareness and demonstrating
to European parliamentarians, policymakers, media and
public the true nature of Hamas; and of promoting the
Tunisian schoolbooks and their educational approach as
a potential positive role model.
Iran have something in store?" (pdf, 50 kb) -
Aug. 8, 2006
An article by Bernard Lewis, cited from the Wall Street
Journal, on the horrifying implications of the fanatical
ideology of the present rule in Iran.