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Gaza ministry: UNRWA curriculum 'inappropriate'
Published Tuesday 11/02/2014 (updated) 13/02/2014 22:58
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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.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
11/02/2014 19:58
After more than 60 years, its is time for Palestinians to forge their own future and the UNRWA to close. That said, either Hamas accepts the curriculum, or UNRWA leaves. Which would Gazans prefer?

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
12/02/2014 00:33
So strange that there are so few comments so far on this article! One would think that people who allegedly suppor the rights of Palestinians would be outraged that the Palestinian government officialy says that "human rights" should not be taught to Palestinian children! Mel? Colin? Maureen? Shirley? Gabi? Ian? Where are you all? Don't you care about the rights of Palestinians in their own land? Are you willing to let Hamas win and subject all Palestinians to another brutal Arab dictatorship?

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
12/02/2014 01:00
Hamas "denounces UNRWA" free food and free education, if it comes with a message of peace with Israel, and all UN states should take note, of Hamas' non-peaceful intentions.

4 ) Jack Higgins / Finland
12/02/2014 05:45
As a Palestinian, I don't think that such a level of extremism should by there in Gaza. We, in the first place, are found to love and try to connect with each other, plus kids learn from their homes and families before they learn something from schools. So even if a curriculum mentioned something that "contradicts" the Palestinian tradition, it should not be irrationally attacked by officials who represent the people. I support Palestinians because they're oppressed, not because they're extreme!

5 ) Mel / Gaza
12/02/2014 09:52
I think the article is not very informative. It is difficult to form an opinion without knowing what Hamas finds offensive. Give us some examples of what exactly is taught. I think based on that we can have a discussion!

6 ) Mel / Gaza
12/02/2014 10:02
@#1&3. I agree. We should be allowed to forge our own future. Give us back our resources and our land and WE WILL! UNRWA food is not "free". It is the least the UN can do after their involvement in what happened to the Palestinians. As I mentioned before UNRWA serves the Israelis just the same as they do everything to prevent an independent Palestine. Who do you think controls what UNRWA brings into Gaza?

7 ) Rabiah / Gaza, Ps
12/02/2014 19:30
I agree with Mel #5. Without knowing what is being proposed in the syllabus, it is difficult to form a judgement. Also there is sometimes a clash between secular & religious values. As for Brian #2's comment, please note it is fallacious to jump from (paraphrasing) 'the curricula is inappropriate..' to 'we do not believe human rights should be taught to our children'. The Ministry of Education has every right to consider the appropriateness of material. Also Gaza would love to be free of UNRWA.

8 ) Robby / USA
13/02/2014 17:33
7 ) Rabiah / Gaza, Ps "Also Gaza would love to be free of UNRWA." That is the first time I've read that from any Palestinian. Does that mean you would like to no longer be considered a refugee, or you want to be free of handouts?

9 ) Outlier / USA
14/02/2014 23:22
6., Mel, in case you missed it, Israel left Gaza years ago. With the land in hand, Gazans should be forging of that future - but apparently they are not.

10 ) Mel / Gaza
15/02/2014 12:06
They may have left but they are still controlling Gaza. They decide what/ who goes in and out. They control the borders and they took hold of our resources. The gas fields for example just in front of us. They crush any attempt to be economically self sufficient. How do you expect someone to forge his own future when you control every aspect of his life. Palestinian independency is not in Israel's interest.

11 ) Rabiah / Gaza, Ps
16/02/2014 00:42
@8) Robby/USA - You almost certainly lead a privileged life in America, as you have never posted that you are descended from the native Americans who were herded into reservations, when the colonialist settlers took their land away. Does anyone really wish to be a refugee or live on handouts? Certainly not by choice, although sometimes necessity dictates. I hope that answers your question.
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