Daily Israel Report

PA Teaches Children to Fight, Not Learn

A cartoon published in the official PA daily newspaper last week continues incitement among Arab residents against the State of Israel.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 10/25/2010, 8:19 PM / Last Update: 10/25/2010, 8:23 PM

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida / PMW

A cartoon published last week in the newspaper that serves as the official mouthpiece for the Palestinian Authority continued Ramallah's campaign of incitement against the State of Israel, and explained at least in part why peace has not yet been achieved with the PA.

The picture, picked up by the PA media watchdog Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), appeared in the October 19, 2010 edition of the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida daily newspaper.

The colored drawing shows a young Arab school boy wearing a kefiya (Arab scarf) tossed casually around his shoulders, sitting at a desk as his teacher attempts to teach him the alphabet.

As the teacher points to the letters in the book he raises to the child’s eyes, the young boy is seen visualizing the map of “Palestine” which has replaced all of Israel, prior to his silent repetition of the letters of the alphabet. As in Hebrew, Arabic is written from right to left, and Arabic-language materials are all written that way as well.

Along with the clear message that “Palestine” is uppermost in every child’s thoughts, even more important than his education, comes also the message of violence.

The boy’s sharpened pencil is transformed into a slingshot. Lying next to it is a stone, in emulation of the rocks hurled at Israeli drivers, hoping to disable their vehicles or worse, as they travel daily on the roads throughout Judea and Samaria.

'Palestine's Child'?
From 2000 to 2005, during the Second Intifada terror campaign, the Palestinian Authority constantly used public communication channels to actively encourage Arab children to participate in the violence. PMW translated one such video clip that was broadcast in May 2001 and again in June 2007 by the Ramallah-based PA TV , controlled directly by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction. The music video tells children to throw away their toys and pick up rocks with which to attack Israel.

“The stone of our country in the hands of a youth confronts you, my enemy,” sings the male vocalist. “Defeat him, o stone! Defeat him!” As he sings, a young boy is shown dropping his toy truck and reaching for a rock.

“I will meet you, Muhammad, Palestine’s child,” the singer moans. A little girl is shown dropping her doll, holding back tears, and stooping down to pick up a stone. She trots off, slightly kicking her doll as she leaves – presumably to join in attacking Israelis.