After the recent discovery of the Palestinian curriculum inciting hate amidst schoolchildren with spiteful textbooks, Oliver Varhelyi, the European commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement at the European Union, demanded that the E.U. review the conditions by which it funds education in the Palestinian Authority.
Tweeting about the need for revised funding, Varhelyi wrote, “The conditionality of our financial assistance in the educational sector needs to be duly considered. Firm commitment to fight anti-Semitism and engage with Palestinian Authority + @UNRWA to promote quality education for Palestinian children & ensure full adherence to @UNESCO standards of peace, tolerance, coexistence, non-violence in Palestinian textbooks.”
This tweet came days after a buried report on the hateful content in Palestinian textbooks surfaced, showing instances of anti-Semitism, and the demonization of Israel and of Jews in educational material.
In response to the findings of the report, Earlier on Monday, European Commission spokesperson Ana Pisonero said, “The E.U. will step up engagement with the P.A. on the basis of this study with the aim to ensure further curriculum reform addresses problematic issues in the shortest possible time frame and [that] the P.A. take responsibility to screen textbooks not analyzed in the study. We have agreed to work with the P.A. on a specific roadmap … [that] must include a process of screening and monitoring of educational material for which the P.A. will be fully responsible and will ensure coherence with UNESCO standards.”