The European Parliament Budgetary Committee on Tuesday approved a bill to withhold some payments to the Palestinian Authority until it commits to reforming its school curriculum, which has been accused of inciting hatred toward Israel and Jews, among others.
The amendment to the European Union’s draft 2019 budget seeks to suspend five percent — more than 15 million Euros — from the body’s planned annual commitment to the PA, which surpasses 308 million Euros. It was brought forward by Ingeborg Grässle, a member of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union and chair of the Budgetary Control Committee.
“The reserve will be released when the Palestinian Authority has committed to reform its school curriculum and textbooks to bring them in line with UNESCO standards for peace and tolerance in school education,” the bill states.
It notes that textbooks published by the PA in 2017 were financed by PEGASE — the fund through which the EU channels its aid to the PA — and “contain, across all subjects, numerous examples of violent depictions, hate speech — in particular against Israel –, and glorifications of jihad and martyrdom.”