The Palestinian Authority Aims to Prevent Young Palestinians from Getting the Education They Want

Aug. 12 2016

While Palestinian schools in east Jerusalem uniformly receive funding from the Israeli government, only 10 percent of them offer the Israeli curriculum; instead, most employ the one produced by the PA. Both the Israeli government and many Palestinians would like to see this change, writes Ruthie Blum:

While the PA continually poisons the minds of young Arabs with jihad against Jews, Christians, and other infidels, Israel has been trying to meet a growing and openly expressed need among Palestinian students in its capital city. . . .

A recent news feature on one of Israel’s television networks included a visit to a Palestinian high school in east Jerusalem in which the pupils are given a choice of whether to study and be tested on Israel’s core curriculum or that of the PA. A show of hands in the classroom indicated that most had decided to go with the former, so as to be prepared for the Israeli matriculation exams. One teenager said he wanted to attend medical school; another said he wanted to become an engineer; others gave similar answers. Those who opted to stick with the Palestinian curriculum . . . shrugged when asked about their ambitions in life. . . .

It is for this reason that the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry is going to provide a special 20-million-shekel ($5.2 million) bonus to the schools already offering the Israeli curriculum and to incentivize others to follow suit. The money will go toward improving the physical conditions of the schools and building extra facilities, such as computer rooms and gyms. . . . [T]he PA considers [this initiative] an outrage. . . .

To prevent Israel from helping Palestinian students get ahead, the PA is calling on Arab and Islamic NGOs to raise money for the purpose of “thwarting Israeli attempts to Judaize Palestinian schools.”

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More about: East Jerusalem, Israel & Zionism, Israeli education, Palestinian Authority, Palestinians

 

Don’t Let Iran Go Nuclear

Sept. 29 2022

In an interview on Sunday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that the Biden administration remains committed to nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic, even as it pursues its brutal crackdown on the protests that have swept the country. Robert Satloff argues not only that it is foolish to pursue the renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal, but also that the White House’s current approach is failing on its own terms:

[The] nuclear threat is much worse today than it was when President Biden took office. Oddly, Washington hasn’t really done much about it. On the diplomatic front, the administration has sweetened its offer to entice Iran into a new nuclear deal. While it quite rightly held firm on Iran’s demand to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from an official list of “foreign terrorist organizations,” Washington has given ground on many other items.

On the nuclear side of the agreement, the United States has purportedly agreed to allow Iran to keep, in storage, thousands of advanced centrifuges it has made contrary to the terms of the original deal. . . . And on economic matters, the new deal purportedly gives Iran immediate access to a certain amount of blocked assets, before it even exports most of its massive stockpile of enriched uranium for safekeeping in a third country. . . . Even with these added incentives, Iran is still holding out on an agreement. Indeed, according to the most recent reports, Tehran has actually hardened its position.

Regardless of the exact reason why, the menacing reality is that Iran’s nuclear program is galloping ahead—and the United States is doing very little about it. . . . The result has been a stunning passivity in U.S. policy toward the Iran nuclear issue.

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More about: Iran nuclear deal, Joseph Biden, U.S. Foreign policy