‘Children should be taught life skills so they can have long and productive lives, not become martyrs of death in order to harm Israel and America…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) After evidence surfaced that American taxpayers were paying for children in Gaza and the West Bank to learn about terrorism, the Trump administration took steps to ensure that funding is withdrawn until the Palestinian Authority renounces terrorism.
In addition, Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, introduced a bill with bipartisan support to verify positive changes to educational materials.
H.R. 6034, the Palestinian Authority Educational Curriculum Transparency Act, would require the State Department to review Palestinian schools’ curriculums to determine if they encourage jihadism or intolerance toward non-Islamic countries and people groups, Liberty Counsel reported.
Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Brad Sherman of California and Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, co-sponsored the bill.
The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), a nonprofit that inspects textbooks and teaching materials, helped design H.R. 6034.
IMPACT-se found that Palestinian curriculums for 2016-2017 “fail to meet the international standards of peace and tolerance in educational materials established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.”
The report’s findings included teaching children not to negotiate with Israel but to pursue their goals with “martyrdom, violence and religious war.” Students are taught that martyrs would receive 72 wives in heaven and that “jihad is most important aspect of life.”
If the legislation passes, the State Department will have to submit annual reports about the contents of curriculums in schools operated by the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
“I applaud Congress for introducing the Palestinian Authority Educational Curriculum Transparency Act to help stop the Palestinian Authority from grooming innocent children to become terrorists,” said Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and President of Covenant Journey.
The United States sent, on average, $335 million per year to the PA over the last five years, and nearly all of it funds terrorism.
The PA paid $358 million—7 percent of its 2017 budget—to terrorists and their family members. In 2016, the PA spent $322 million to fund terrorists.
UNRWA said in January it did not have enough funding to operate Palestinian schools for 320,000 students, United With Israel reported.
Israeli Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan said the PA should fund UNRWA schools, rather than terrorists.
“[UNRWA] says it needs $217,000,000 to run schools for Palestinian children. It wants President Donald Trump and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to foot the bill,” Erdan wrote in a tweet, according to United With Israel. “[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas has budgeted more than $350,000,000 for terrorists and their families. Maybe the PA should pay for Palestinian education rather than Palestinian terror?”
President Donald Trump signed the Taylor Force Act in March to strip foreign aid from the PA until it stops sponsoring terrorism.
“Children should be taught life skills so they can have long and productive lives, not become martyrs of death in order to harm Israel and America,” Staver said. “I am grateful to President Trump who was willing to set the tone and do the right thing regarding terrorism and defund the Palestinian Authority.”