Teaching Terrorism in the Textbooks

"The Jews are wickedness in its very essence." - a language exercise from a ninth-grade Saudi Arabian textbook.

Gary Fitleberg

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"The Jews are wickedness in its very essence." - a language exercise from a ninth-grade Saudi Arabian textbook.

It is said that no one is born knowing how to hate. This destructive human impulse must be taught. That is exactly what the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is doing to its youth.

Saudi schoolbooks are a hate-filled portrait of a bizarre and fictitious world. A place where the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a history text, where Israel does not exist on a map, where organizations such as the Freemasons, the Lions and Rotary Clubs are bound together in a global Zionist conspiracy.

The textbooks are not a product of renegade religious fanatics. They are official publications of the Saudi Education Ministry. The work of a monarchy that passes itself off as a moderate regime and an American ally.

Is it any wonder that the evil mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, was a Saudi national and that 16 of the nineteen hijackers were from Saudi Arabia? The repressive regime and its school system is the very place that these terrorists might have first learned their violent hatred of America and Western civilization. Schools with books that teach terrorism. Much of the financing for international terrorism also comes from Saudi Arabia.

The truth is the world will never, ever be safe - not for Americans, not for Israel, not for Western civilization - as long as so many young minds are taught hatred, incitement, terrorism and violence in schools and through textbooks.

An investigation by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace into Saudi schoolbooks yielded a chilling and shocking discovery. Practically every lesson, from grammar, to geography, to history, was bent on promoting a complete distortion of facts and truth, and transforming school textbooks into a twisted virulent vehicle for hatred, incitement, terrorism and violence.

Here are but a few examples and excerpts from Saudi textbooks:

* A text in "diction" explains: "Now [Palestine] is occupied by the Jews, a people of treachery and betrayal, who have gathered there from every place: from Poland, Spain, America and elsewhere. Their end, by God's will, is perdition."

* In geography books, "Palestine" is listed on maps, but Israel ("the gangs' state" as it is called) is not. One book says this about New York: "Many of its inhabitants are Jews who help strengthen the Israeli occupation of Palestine."

Saudi "history" texts preach a blend of intolerance and conspiracy theory: "You will hardly find any sedition without the Jews having a part in it," one schoolbook says, by way of blaming Jews for such historical events as World War I and the French and Russian Revolutions.

Perhaps most tragically, Saudi religious instruction distorts Islam as a tool for hatred. Let's look at only one illustration.

Students are urged to fill in the blank in the following exercise: "Those who have incurred God's wrath are _________."

You might possibly be surprised to learn the correct answer: "The Jews"

This bigotry is not confined to Israel and the Jews alone. Saudi schoolbooks teach young minds to despise all that is Western civilization as well.

Saudi school textbooks are only the tip of the iceberg of international terrorism. Saudi Arabia sponsors schools around the world. It also supports other anti-Semitic regimes that are similarly poisoned.

One way to stop Saudi Arabia and its state sponsorship of hatred, incitement, terrorism and violence is to urge your representatives in Congress, in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, to sign on to Congressional resolutions condemning the Saudi school system and textbooks.

Saudi Arabia can not claim to be an ally of America while teaching terrorism in school textbooks.

Saudi Arabia must be stopped now from promoting hatred, incitement, terrorism and violence in its schools and textbooks. Saudi Arabia must be stopped now from fueling the fires of anti-Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western-civilization bigotry with its oil money.