zondag 6 maart 2011

Hamas (en Fatah) wil Holocaust onderwijs in UNRWA scholen dwarsbomen

De Holocaust was niet de reden waarom Israel werd gesticht, zoals nog wel eens gedacht wordt, maar ze speelde wel een cruciale rol in de ontwikkelingen die tot de oprichting en erkenning van de Joodse staat leidden. Alleen al daarom lijkt mij van belang dat Palestijnse schoolkinderen deze geschiedenis leren, zoals Israelische schoolkinderen zouden moeten leren dat er Arabieren in het land woonden lang voordat Israel werd gesticht, en onder welke omstandigheden die vertrokken/gevlucht/verdreven zijn. Wederzijds begrip van elkaars geschiedenis zal helpen om compromissen te sluiten en tot verzoening te komen.
Hamas vows to foil Holocaust lessons in UNRWA schools

Fatah officials also express opposition to teaching "enemy's false claims and lies"; Hamas says UNRWA plan would be a "cultural crime."
Hamas and Fatah have vowed to foil any attempt to teach the Holocaust in UNRWA-run schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The two parties said Tuesday that teaching about the Holocaust was a "provocative act."
The Hamas government said that the UN group's intention to include the Holocaust in school text books was a "challenge to the feelings of the Palestinians." It accused UNRWA of carrying out a political agenda that did not serve the interests of the Palestinians and "violates their culture and unchangeable values."

Hamas said it was also opposed to the move because it would pave the way for normalization with Israel.

"This is an attempt to impose on us the culture of normalization with the occupation," said a statement issued by the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Culture in the Gaza Strip. "They want us to accept the tales and lies to win sympathy."

The ministry described the Holocaust as a lie, saying it had been exaggerated to garner sympathy for the "usurping entity" at the expense of the rights and interests of the Palestinians.

The Hamas ministry warned UNRWA against teaching the Holocaust in its schools as part of lessons on human rights, declaring, "This is a flagrant intervention in the internal affairs of the Palestinians and a violation of regulations that have existed since the establishment of UNRWA."

Hamas also urged Palestinians to confront the "suspicious scheme," which it condemned as a "cultural crime." It said schools should instead dedicate classes to talking about the "occupation's terror and racism."

Zakariya al-Agha, a senior Fatah official in the Gaza Strip and head of the PLO "refugee department," said he was also opposed to teaching the Holocaust in Palestinian schools.

Salah al-Wadiyeh, a Fatah representative in the West Bank, said that the Holocaust was a "big lie." The Palestinians, he said, "know more than any other people the history of their enemies and their false claims and lies."

He, too, lashed out at UNRWA for reportedly agreeing to educate Palestinian school children about the Holocaust.

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