Daily Israel Report

PMW: PA Students Turn Israel into 'Palestine'

Another clue as to the PA's true stance came in a TV program, when a student discussed the size of 'Palestine,' denying Israel's existence entirely
By David Lev
First Publish: 6/23/2010, 9:53 PM / Last Update: 6/23/2010, 11:56 PM

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Another clue as to the Palestinian Authority's true stance on how a future Palestinian state would coexist with Israel came in a PA TV program broadcast recently. On the program, called “The Stars,” in which PA university students compete to answer questions, one student demonstrated what he had learned about Israel in the PA school system: that it does not exist altogether.


The latest evidence of what the PA really thinks about Israel and Israelis has just been received from Palestinian Media Watch, which monitors Arab media  in order to understand the “real” messages the PA is presenting to its residents, despite the often positive-sounding messages from PA leaders.

PMW says that 'the fact that Palestinian students routinely depict a world in which Israel does not exist and its land as part of 'Palestine' shows the success of PA education.'

On the program, a student from Bethlehem University, responding to a question about the size of Jordan, said that Jordan “is larger than Palestine. Palestine is 27,000 sq. km. and it [Jordan] is approximately 3 times larger than Palestine - i.e., 90,000 sq. km.”

The total amount of land in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza – the land the PA claims it wants for its state when speaking to Israelis and the West – is less than 7,000 square kilometers. The 27,000 square kilometer figure that the student refers to as Palestine is the total amount of land in Israel before the disengagement, that is including Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. 

In its analysis of the program, PMW says that “the fact that Palestinian students routinely depict a world in which Israel does not exist and its land as part of 'Palestine' shows the success of PA education. PA schoolbooks and PA educational TV consistently present a state of "Palestine" that encompasses all of Israel and has an area of 27,000 sq. km.”

“If Israel exists,” the group says, “'Palestine' can never be more than 10,000 square kilometers. The combined area of the West Bank (5,860 sq. km.) and the Gaza Strip (360 sq. km.) is 6,220 sq. km. All of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip together equal 26,990 sq. km. PA education that 'Palestine' alone is 27.000 sq. km. teaches children to envision a world without Israel,” PMW said.