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Yoram Ettinger

US foreign aid to PA is counterproductive

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to reassure Congress that foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority is a key to peaceful coexistence with Israel.

However, a recent study of school textbooks from the government of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas (better known as Abu Mazen), conducted by veterans of Israel's intelligence community, reaffirms that the $4 billion of U.S. foreign aid to the authority has been counterproductive. It has not inclined Palestinians to support peaceful coexistence, and it has not quelled Palestinian terrorism. In fact, since foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority began in 1994, Palestinian terrorism has escalated, Palestinian non-compliance has become pervasive and Palestinian support for peace initiatives has significantly declined.

The study reconfirms that Palestinian school textbooks lay the groundwork for the next wave of Palestinian terrorism; encourage Palestinian mothers to give their children over to suicide bombings; idolize jihad, bloodshed and the families of suicide bombers; promote the Palestinization of pre-1967 Israel as the overriding national goal; define Israel's establishment as an immoral and illegitimate act that must be reversed; eliminate any reference to Jewish roots within pre-1967 Israel; are devoid of any reference to peaceful coexistence; are consistent with the PLO's Palestinian Covenant which calls for the annihilation of Israel, and delegitimize the very existence, not just the size, of the Jewish state.

For example, the seventh-grade textbook Our Beautiful Language (Part 2, pp. 11-13) reads: We shall sow Palestine with [martyrs'] skeletons and skulls; we shall paint the face of Palestine with blood, but Palestine shall wash our face with heavenly water . The same book also says (Part 1, pp. 28-29): We are returning home to the plains and the mountains [of pre-1967 Israel], led by jihad flags, by bloody struggles and by the willingness to sacrifice ourselves as martyrs . The eighth-grade book Islam discusses the relevance to contemporary reality of historic Islamic conquests, including the seventh century victory over the Jewish tribe Banu Qunaika, which was slaughtered, raped and imprisoned (p. 46). The eighth-grade version of Our Beautiful Language (Part 1) says: Our beloved Palestine is calling me; the orphaned cities [in pre-1967 Israel] yearn for me to return and rectify the [1948] blunder with storms and lightning . And the eighth-grade book Islamic Studies (Part 2, pp. 62-75) says: Jihad reserves a key role for youngsters, just like those who sought martyrdom during the days of the Prophet Muhammad .

More than $4 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money has been transferred to the Palestinian Authority, which has transformed its systems of Abu Mazen-controlled education, media and mosques into manufacturing lines of hatred, incitement, terrorism and suicide bombings.

Thus, while it is illegal for Congress to appropriate funds for hate education in the U.S., Congress has annually funded Abu Mazen's hate education.

In 1994, PLO leader Yasser Arafat assigned his loyal confidant of 50 years, Abu Mazen, to establish the Palestinian hate education system. Since replacing Arafat in January 2005, irrespective of his reputedly moderate style, Abu Mazen has perpetuated the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel and anti-U.S. indoctrination of hate in Palestinian schools.

Inspired by his Ph.D. in holocaust denial from Moscow University, Abu Mazen created a system which promotes Hitler's Mein Kampf and the Soviet anti-Semitic The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, both of which are best-sellers in the Palestinian Authority.

Thanks to the cash from foreign aid, Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad authorize monthly allowances to families of martyrs (terrorists). They make condolences visits to families of suicide bombers and name soccer tournaments, summer camps, streets and squares after notorious terrorists.

Abu Mazen's and Fayyad's educational legacy -- not their dialogue with Israeli and Western leaders and journalists -- is the most authentic reflection of their identity, ideology, strategy and vision.

The longer we sustain foreign aid to the authority, the more we convince Abu Mazen that not only can he get away with hate education, he is rewarded for it.

However, suspending foreign aid would express Congressional conviction that hate education on the one hand and peace and democracy on the other hand constitute an outrageous oxymoron.

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