By JON VAN DER VEEN A B’nai Brith report on Palestinian Authority (PA) schools claims that they are “indoctrinating” Muslim students to hate Israel, in the process, violating UN guidelines on education, and all the while being funded by Canada.
On September 21st, during a virtual press conference, B’nai Brith’s Chief Executive Officer: Michael Mostyn, and the Government Relations Director: David Granovsky, released the report B’nai Brith compiled which details the problematic curriculum being taught in PA schools.
For context, in June of 2023, the Government of Canada pledged to contribute up to $100 Million over the next four years to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian
Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide “basic education, health, and social services to Palestinian refugees.”
According to UNRWA over half their funding goes towards education. However, it is UNRWA’s current policy to adhere to the local school curricula. Therefore, in Gaza and the West Bank (areas which are under the management of the PA regime) UNRWA relies upon the PA curriculum, which was itself developed with subsidies from UNRWA. The B’nai Brith report claims that “The PA curriculum…. Is fraught with content that is designed to incite hatred against Jews and Israelis and promotes the erasure of the Jewish state.”
In contrast to Canada, the European Parliament and the United States have both individually taken steps to combat the PA’s divisive curriculum. The EU adopted a measure to freeze future UNRWA subsidies while the issue remains unresolved. The Americans, for their part, have introduced legislation to start monitoring the content of the textbook and “investigate the connection between American contributions to the organization and the promotion of antisemitism and the glorification of terrorism in the PA-designed curriculum.”
Through their investigation, Bnai Brith presented examples from PA textbooks that put the hateful curriculum on full display. These first photos show examples of the PA textbooks denying Israeli land claims on Jerusalem and the legitimacy of the state:
The Bnai Brith report correctly acknowledges that the content presented, as examples of teaching from within the Palestinian Curriculum, is in direct violation with the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Sustainable Development Goals. UNRWA’s parent organization, the United Nations, has 17 goals of sustainable development, and goal 4 is: “Ensure INCLUSIVE and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Additionally, the PA’s divisive curriculum is opposed to the expressed foreign policy goals of both the United Nations and Canada: the promotion of a two-state solution and the maintenance of peace. The curriculum contradicts both these aims by normalizing violence against Israeli soldiers, and denying Jewish indigeneity (the origin of the Israeli land claim) to the region, labelling this as “false heritage,” as shown in the next photos:
Bizarrely, the PA textbooks also blame their own resource and infrastructure issues on the evil Zionists despite the fact that the Israeli Army pulled out of Gaza in 2005, leaving the PA to govern the region on their own. Thereafter, their choice to invest heavily in rocket programs rather than infrastructure is likely the culprit of their woes demonstrated in these photos:
Concluding their report, B’nai Brith put it to the Canadian government, asking them to complete a forensic audit of the country’s financial contribution to UNRWA to see if we inadvertently funded (and continue to fund) PA schools using this curriculum. Furthermore, B’nai Brith called on the Canadian government to cease the subsidization of this program so long as educational material that is in-part produced by the UN promotes terrorism and the indoctrination into hate ideologies.
Our New Jewish Reality
By HENRY SREBRNIK Since Oct. 7, we Jews have been witnessing an ongoing political and psychological pogrom. True, there have been no deaths (so far), but we’ve seen the very real threat of mobs advocating violence and extensive property damage of Jewish-owned businesses, and all this with little forceful reaction from the authorities.
The very day after the carnage, Canadians awoke to the news that the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust had inspired sustained celebrations in its major cities. And they have continued ever since. I’d go so far as to say the Trudeau government has, objectively, been more interested in preventing harm to Gazans than caring about the atrocities against Israelis and their state.
For diaspora Jews, the attacks of Oct. 7 were not distant overseas events and in this country since then they have inspired anti-Semitism, pure and simple, which any Jew can recognize. Even though it happened in Israel, it brought back the centuries-old memories of defenseless Jews being slaughtered in a vicious pogrom by wild anti-Semites.
I think this has shocked, deeply, most Jews, even those completely “secular” and not all that interested in Judaism, Israel or “Zionism.” Jewish parents, especially, now fear for their children in schools and universities. The statements universities are making to Jewish students across the country could not be clearer: We will not protect you, they all but scream. You’re on your own.
But all this has happened before, as we know from Jewish history. Long before Alfred Dreyfus and Theodor Herzl, the 1881 pogroms in tsarist Russia led to an awakening of proto-Zionist activity there, with an emphasis on the land of Israel. There were soon new Jewish settlements in Palestine.
The average Jew in Canada now knows that his or her friend at a university, his co-worker in an office, and the people he or she socializes with, may in fact approve, or at least not disapprove, of what happened that day in Israel. Acquaintances or even close friends may care far more about Israel killing Palestinians in Gaza. Such people may even believe what we may call “Hamas pogrom denial,” already being spread. Many people have now gone so far in accepting the demonization of Israel and Jews that they see no penalty attached to public expressions of Jew-hatred. Indeed, many academics scream their hatred of Israel and Jews as loud as possible.
One example: On Nov. 10, Toronto officers responded to a call at an Indigo bookstore located in the downtown. It had been defaced with red paint splashed on its windows and the sidewalk, and posters plastered to its windows.
The eleven suspects later arrested claimed that Indigo founder Heather Reisman (who is Jewish) was “funding genocide” because of her financial support of the HESEG Foundation for Lone Soldiers, which provides scholarships to foreign nationals who study in Israel after serving in the Israeli armed forces. By this logic, then, most Jewish properties and organizations could be targeted, since the vast majority of Jews are solidly on Israel’s side.
Were these vandals right-wing thugs or people recently arrived from the Middle East? No, those charged were mostly white middle-class professionals. Among them are figures from academia, the legal community, and the public education sector. Four are academics connected to York University (one of them a former chair of the Sociology Department) and a fifth at the University of Toronto; two are elementary school teachers; another a paralegal at a law firm.
Were their students and colleagues dismayed by this behaviour? On the contrary. Some faculty members, staff and students at the university staged a rally in their support. These revelations have triggered discussions about the role and responsibilities of educators, given their influential positions in society.
You’ve heard the term “quiet quitting.” I think many Jews will withdraw from various clubs and organizations and we will begin to see, in a sense like in the 1930s, a reversal of assimilation, at least in the social sphere. (Of course none of this applies to Orthodox Jews, who already live this way.)
Women in various feminist organizations may form their own groups or join already existing Jewish women’s groups. There may be an increase in attendance in K-12 Jewish schools. In universities, “progressive” Jewish students will have to opt out of organizations whose members, including people they considered friends, have been marching to the slogan “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” and similar eliminationist rhetoric, while waving Palestinian flags.
This will mostly affect Jews on the left, who may be supporters of organizations which have become carriers of anti-Semitism, though ostensibly dealing with “human rights,” “social justice,” and even “climate change.”
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg took part in a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm on Oct. 22 in which she chanted “crush Zionism” along with hundreds of other anti-Israel protesters. Israel is now unthinkingly condemned as a genocidal apartheid settler-colonialist state, indeed, the single most malevolent country in the world and the root of all evil.
New York Times Columnist Bret Stephens expressed it well in his Nov. 7 article. “Knowing who our friends aren’t isn’t pleasant, particularly after so many Jews have sought to be personal friends and political allies to people and movements that, as we grieved, turned their backs on us. But it’s also clarifying.”
Henry Srebrnik is a professor of political science at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown.
Former Winnipegger Vivian Silver, at first thought to have been taken hostage, has now been confirmed dead
Former Winnipegger and well-known Israeli peace activist Vivian Silver has now been confirmed as having been killed during the massacre of Israelis and foreign nationals perpetrated by Hamas terrorists on October 7. Vivian, a resident of Kibbutz Be’eri was originally thought to be among the more than 1200 individuals who were taken hostage by Hamas.
To read the full story on the CBC website, go to https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/israel-gaza-vivian-silver-1.7027333
Israeli show satirizing students in the US who give blind support to Hamas
If you want to take a break from the tension that comes with following every bit of news associated with Israel’s war on Hamas watch this hilarious video satirizing the stupidity of US college kids who give unqualified support to Hamas: https://twitter.com/LeviYonit/status/1721272323087401428?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1721272323087401428%7Ctwgr%5E833a2a425e6d7029d6ef37b7c9042c1d81dbf8ba%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.timesofisrael.com%2Fisraeli-satire-shows-mocking-of-us-student-support-for-hamas-goes-viral%2F