Palestinian schoolchildren (R370).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
Hamas has begun preparing new school textbooks that teach children about “plans
to liberate Palestine and the legitimacy and various forms of resistance
[against Israel].” Jamal Abu Hashem, advisor to the Hamas-controlled education
ministry, said new books would be introduced as part of National Education
Studies for grades 8-10.
Abu Hashem was speaking during a workshop in
Gaza City that was attended by senior officials of the education ministry and
experts from a number of universities. His statements were published by several
Some of the new books will refer to the geographical
significance of Palestine and its religious, strategic and security status, the
Hamas official said. The books will also teach children about Jaffa, Jericho,
Acre, Rafah, Nablus, Hebron, Jerusalem and Beersheba, he added.
children will study the history and background of prominent Palestinian figures
such as PLO founder Ahmed Shukairi, his successor, Yasser Arafat and slain Hamas
spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin.
The new curriculum, which is expected to
be introduced into the Gaza Strip schools next academic year, will also refer to
the “Zionist project and ambitions, the Balfour Declaration, the 1948 Nakba and
massacres, the 1956, 1967 and 1973 wars,” according to the Hamas
One teaching unit, he said, will talk about the “right of
return” for Palestinian refugees and the “project to liberate Palestine,
including the issue of resistance and its legitimacy, and various
The new books will teach children about the Palestinian
“resistance” groups such as Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine
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