REFORM or RADICALIZATION: PA 2017 Curriculum — A Preliminary Review
By Eldad Pardo, Arik Agassi and Marcus Sheff, IMPACT-se – October 2017

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. The crux of this report is education for war and against peace with Israel, demonstrating that the curriculum has further distanced itself from our UNESCO-derived standards of peace and tolerance.

Full Report  Exec Summary  Selected Examples (Grades 1-11)

Children of the RevolutionPalestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-2017: RADICALIZATION AND REVIVAL OF THE PLO PROGRAM
By Eldad J. Pardo, IMPACT-se – April 2017

This IMPACT-se report examines the 2016–17 Palestinian Authority school curriculum, focusing on elementary school grades 1-4. There is a comparison with upper grade student learning. The results point to instruction that is significantly more radical than previous curricula. 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.

Full Report  (pdf 4.3 mb)

“The PA Educational System: In the Shadow of the Terror Wave”
By Eldad J. Pardo, IMPACT-se – May 2016

This IMPACT-se report revisits the Palestinian Authority school curriculum, which is perhaps the chief expression of Palestinian cultural independence. The report covers the main findings of our 2011 report as well as some current observations up to and including, the 2015–16 “Knife Intifada.” Major findings include some positives: civil and gender issues, care for the environment, respect for the internal Other (disabled, authority figures, elderly) and the Muslim/Arab Other (collaboration with Arab countries). Vilification of the West is widespread but not to the point of violence. More troubling from the perspective of Israeli-Palestinian peace is what may be called a “Guerrilla Curriculum.”

Full Interim Report  (pdf  1.3 mb)
Executive Summary  (pdf  790 kb)

pa2011-2“Palestinian Authority School Textbooks, 2011:
A Draft Report on Attitudes toward Israel and the Jews; Peace and Non-Violence;
the West Gender and the Environment”
By IMPACT-se – May 1, 2011

Attached is a draft report on 117 school textbooks of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA), from grade 1 to grade 12, issued depicting attitudes towards Jews and Israel, Peace and Non-Violence as well as Gender and the Environment. The school textbooks include 70 student books and 22 teacher guides issued by the PA Ministry of Education along with 25 student books issued by the PA Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Religious Affairs. All the 118 books and guides are in current use at the PA schools.

rachel-tomb“Rachel’s Tomb in Palestinian Schoolbooks:
The Genesis of Falsification and its Implications”
By IMPACT-se – March 2011

In October 2010, the board of UNESCO adopted a resolution reaffirming that “The Palestinian sites of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi / Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil / Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque / Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem… are an integral part of the occupied Palestinian Territories and that any unilateral action by the Israeli authorities is to be considered a violation of international law.” With regard to Rachel’s tomb, the board of UNESCO was actually being misled and manipulated.

pa2009“Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks: An Updated Conclusion”
By IMPACT-se – October 2009

Impact-se has studied the Palestinian Authority schoolbooks used in the current school year (2009-2010), and has come to the conclusion that although positive changes have occurred in the books during the last two years, they still do not amount to forming a clear departure from the negative fundamentals in PA schoolbooks regarding the attitude to the Jewish and Israeli “other” and to peaceful resolution of the Middle Eastern conflict.

hamas2008“Palestinian Textbooks: From Arafat to Abbas and Hamas”
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – March 2008

This is our concluding analysis of the seven-year schoolbook publication project, which took place in the Palestinian Authority until 2006. It is based on the six reports issued by Impact-se (formerly CMIP) since 1998, including our recent draft report on schoolbooks for grades 11 and 12 (see below). It examines the underlying principles in PA’s attitude to the Other and to peace in the Middle East, which are revealed in the books. It also attempts to determine whether a shift took place in this respect during the publication process, as a result of the major political changes in the Palestinian Authority. Briefly, it concludes that some improvement was noticeable in the schoolbooks published under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, following the death of Yassir Arafat, but the older, uncompromising approach reappears under the Hamas-led government.

Full Report:

pa2007DRAFT: Jews, Israel, the West and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks for Grades 11, 12 and Muslim Schools in the West Bank
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – September 2007

This draft report covers the school textbooks of the last two grades of the PA educational system, which were published in 2005 and 2006, thus ending a seven-year process in which the PA replaced the old Jordanian and Egyptian schoolbook for all grades with its own ones. While the books for grades 1-10 were all written and published under the late PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, the books for grade 11 were written under his successor Mahmud Abbas and the books for grade 12 were written under the Hamas government, which may account for the changes therein.

Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks: The New Textbooks for Grades 5 and 10
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – June 2005

This is the fifth in a series of surveys by CMIP on the new school textbooks published by the Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of the general project that began in 2000 to replace all the textbooks that were then in use in the PA schools.

Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks: The New Textbooks for Grades 4 and 9
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – August 2004

This is the fourth in a series of surveys of the Palestinian Authority school textbooks by Impact-se. It covers 32 books for grades 4 and 9, as well as a second edition of an atlas approved by the PA.

Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks: The New Textbooks for Grades 3 and 8
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – May 2003

This report examines a newer set of some 35 books in various subjects published by the PA in 2002, mainly for grades 3 and 8.

Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks and High School Final Examinations
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – October 2002

This complementary report deals with 14 books, in addition to the 26 high school final examinations in various subjects from the years 2000 and 2002.

Jews, Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks
By IMPACT-se (formerly CMIP) – November 2001

Jews, Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. This is the first survey by Impact-se of the textbooks published by the Palestinian National Authority.