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IMPACT-SE's Reports: Palestinian Authority

Since 2001, IMPACT-SE (formerly CMIP) published the following reports on the Palestinian Authority schoolbooks:

"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"

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.

Read the Executive Summary:
    Arabic (pdf, 320 kb)

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 3.20 mb)

Related Readings:

  • The 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 textbooks..."
  • IMPACT-SE in Australian News
    "Hate v hate as peace is sidelined" - April 30, 2011
    "[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..." Click here to read the full article (pdf version, 68 kb)

"Rachel's Tomb in Palestinian Schoolbooks:
The Genesis of Falsification and its Implications"

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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 176 kb)

Related Readings:


"Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks: An Updated Conclusion"
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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 43 kb)

Related Readings:


"Palestinian Textbooks: From Arafat to Abbas and Hamas"
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.

    Executive Summary (pdf, 37 kb)

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 693 kb)
    French (pdf, 309 kb)


DRAFT: Jews, Israel, the West and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks
for Grades 11, 12 and Muslim Schools in the West Bank

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.

Read the Full Draft Report:
    English (pdf, 3.61 mb)

Read the Draft Report by Chapter:
    Table of Contents (pdf, 10 kb)
    Executive Summary (pdf, 37 kb)
    Introduction (pdf, 9 kb)
    Chapter 1: Other Religions and their Followers in General (pdf, 20 kb)
    Chapter 2: The Jews (pdf, 468 kb)
    Chapter 3: Israel (pdf, 1.22 mb)
    Chapter 4: The Conflict (pdf, 672 kb)
    Chapter 5: Peace (pdf, 105 kb)
    Chapter 6: War (pdf, 35 kb)
    Chapter 7: The West (pdf, 807 kb)
    Conclusion (pdf, 22 kb)
    Appendix: Books Issued by the PA Ministry (pdf, 218 kb)
    List of Sources (pdf, 10 kb)

Related Readings:

  • AJC / IMPACT-SE Report: "Scant Progress in Revising Palestinian Textbooks" (pdf, 28 kb)
    Seven years after the Palestinian Authority began publishing textbooks for use in West Bank and Gaza schools, there still is no recognition of the State of Israel and no advocacy of peace with it. Instead, the textbooks promote violent struggle, while hateful descriptions of Jews and the West remain prevalent.
  • "Attitudes toward Jews in schoolbooks issued by the PA Ministry of Endowments & Religious Affairs" - Briefing, Jerusalem, Jan. 8, 2008
    Eradicating incitement from Palestinian schools has been a central theme in negotiations since the Oslo accords. President Bush himself has demanded that educators "Teach values and moral responsibility in schools." In light of President Bush's visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, CMIP hosted this briefing to examine religious textbooks for 7th-12th grade students in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
    Supporting documents:

Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks:
The New Textbooks for Grades 5 and 10
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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 2.56 mb)

Read the Report by Chapter:
    Table of Contents (pdf, 22 kb)
    Executive Summary (pdf, 28 kb)
    Introduction (pdf, 21 kb)
    Chapter 1: The Attitude to Other Religions and Their Followers (pdf, 29 kb)
    Chapter 2: The Jews (pdf, 140 kb)
    Chapter 3: Israel (pdf, 1.58 mb)
    Chapter 4: The Conflict (pdf, 259 kb)
    Chapter 5: Peace (pdf, 179 kb)
    Chapter 6: War (pdf, 471 kb)
    Chapter 7: The West (pdf, 283 kb)
    Conclusion (pdf, 31 kb)
    List of Sources (pdf, 15 kb)


Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks: The New Textbooks for Grades 4 and 9
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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 4.82 mb)

Read the Report by Chapter:
    Table of Contents (pdf, 99 kb)
    Executive Summary (pdf, 116 kb)
    Introduction (pdf, 105 kb)
    Chapter 1: Judaism and the Jews (pdf, 569 kb)
    Chapter 2: Israel (pdf, 3.72 mb)
    Chapter 3: The Conflict (pdf, 406 kb)
    Chapter 4: Peace (pdf, 121 kb)
    Chapter 5: Jihad, Martyrdom and Terror (pdf, 121 kb)
    Chapter 6: The West (pdf, 341 kb)
    Conclusion (pdf, 118 kb)
    List of Sources (pdf, 74 kb)


Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks: The New Textbooks for Grades 3 and 8
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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 3.39 mb)

Read the Report by Chapter:
    Table of Contents (pdf, 102 kb)
    Executive Summary (pdf, 123 kb)
    Introduction (pdf, 98 kb)
    Chapter 1: Judaism (pdf, 306 kb)
    Chapter 2: The Jews (pdf, 170 kb)
    Chapter 3: Israel and Palestine (pdf, 2.16 mb)
    Chapter 4: Israel's Image (pdf, 404 kb)
    Chapter 5: Jerusalem (pdf, 134 kb)
    Chapter 6: The Refugees (pdf, 107 kb)
    Chapter 7: Tolerance (pdf, 229 kb)
    Chapter 8: Peace (pdf, 216 kb)
    Chapter 9: The Liberation of Palestine (pdf, 98 kb)
    Chapter 10: Jihad and Martyrdom (pdf, 336 kb)
    Chapter 11: Terror (pdf, 158 kb)
    Conclusion (pdf, 102 kb)
    List of Sources (pdf, 98 kb)


Jews, Israel and Peace in the Palestinian Authority Textbooks and High School Final Examinations
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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 650 kb)

Read the Report by Chapter:
    Table of Contents (pdf, 22 kb)
    Introduction (pdf, 31 kb)
    Chapter 1: The Jews (pdf, 173 kb)
    Chapter 2: Israel (pdf, 233 kb)
    Chapter 3: Jerusalem (pdf, 132 kb)
    Chapter 4: The Refugees (pdf, 96 kb)
    Chapter 5: Peace, Tolerance, Co-existence (pdf, 56 kb)
    Chapter 6: War, Jihad, Martyrdom (pdf, 80 kb)
    Chapter 7: Terror (pdf, 44 kb)
    Chapter 8: Other Issues (pdf, 149 kb)
    Concluding Remarks (pdf, 32 kb)
    List of Sources (pdf, 28 kb)


Jews, Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks
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.

Read the Full Report:
    English (pdf, 2.45 mb)

Read the Report by Chapter:
    Table of Contents (pdf, 121 kb)
    Executive Summary (pdf, 128 kb)
    Introduction (pdf, 94 kb)
    Chapter 1: The Jews (pdf, 408 kb)
    Chapter 2: Israel (pdf, 1.30 mb)
    Chapter 3: Peace (pdf, 941 kb)
    Conclusion (pdf, 90 kb)
    List of Sources (pdf, 114 kb)