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.”