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EU to examine 'incitement to hate' in Palestinian textbooks

May 16, 2019 11:21 A.M. (Updated: May 17, 2019 10:54 A.M.)
BRUSSELS (Ma'an) -- Federica Mogherini, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced on Wednesday that the EU will examine new Palestinian textbooks for content that “incites hate and violence,” out of concern that EU aid funds are being used to promote hatred.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the announcement followed after an investigation and campaign by IMPACT-se (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education).

IMPACT-se allegedly found that the new Palestinian textbooks, released in September 2018, are even more radical than previous editions, with hundreds of examples of extremism encouraging violence, demonization, and incitement against Israel.

The hateful content was found to be methodical and appeared in all subjects including mathematics, physics, biology, etc.

The results of IMPACT-se's investigation were shown to senior European officials and delegates at the EU Parliament.

Mogherini confirmed that the that the EU will carry out an academic study of Palestinian educational materials and that funds were allocated for that purpose in the 2019 budget.

The scrutiny is to be conducted by an independent, internationally respected research institution.

Mogherini said, “The purpose of the investigation is to "identify possible incitement to hate and violence and non-compliance with UNESCO standards regarding peace and tolerance in education."

She added, "Incitement to violence is incompatible with the promotion of the two-state solution, and greatly exacerbates the lack of trust between the communities."

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