Gaza ministry: UNRWA curriculum 'inappropriate'
Published Tuesday 11/02/2014 (updated) 13/02/2014 22:58
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-run Ministry of Education in the Gaza Strip has accused the UN Palestine refugee agency of including "inappropriate" new chapters in curriculum in Palestinian refugee camps in the coastal enclave.
"We denounce the publication and distribution of syllabus in UNRWA-run schools without the approval of the ministry of education and higher education," the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
The statement added that such curricula "do not fit the culture of our Palestinian society, and is meant to brainwash Palestinian students and convince them to accept the Zionist enemies while they continue to kill our people, carry out more oppressive procedures, Judaize the holy city (Jerusalem) and build the apartheid wall."
In response, an UNRWA spokesman denied the accusations and affirmed that the agency "would never adopt curricula that violate customs and traditions of the Palestinian people."
Adnan Abu Hasnah added that lesson plans which addressed human rights were approved after consultations with all components of the Palestinian people.
"There is nothing in the curricula that violates the Palestinian people's traditions and customs."
The Ministry of Education highlighted that it sent a "strongly-worded" message to the administration of UNRWA demanding that the agency stops teaching "that curricula."
Last year the Hamas-run government introduced amended textbooks for grades eight, nine and 10, adding lessons about various methods of Palestinian resistance.