Palestinian Minister backs out of EU Parliament hearing on textbook incitement

Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
Despite initially calling for the hearing and agreeing to the EU-supervised debate with IMPACT-se, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, Dr. Awartani refused to take part in it. In his absence, IMPACT-se testified alone before the parliament

In an explanation of the Parliament's overall goal in funding Palestinian educational materials, MEP Lukas Mandl, Vice-Chair of the Security and Defence Subcommittee said, "hatred breeds hatred, violence, and worse, we should have learned that by now. It's shocking to see that once again these educational materials propagate hatred. In no case should we be sending EU taxpayers money, that's absolutely mad."

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The hearing covered the topic of incendiary language and content in Palestinian educational materials. EU Parliament members were shocked at the content of the PA Education Ministry's new study cards, which were produced in response to the Parliament's declaration that the PA's existing textbooks were unacceptable.


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