Friday, 23 September 2011

Saudis Promote Jew Hatred Though Their State-Sponsored Textbooks

September 22, 2011

While Arab leaders warn that an international stalemate on Palestinian statehood threatens regional stability, it should be pointed out that some among them lay a foundation for such instability by, among other things, teaching students it is their obligation to commit violence against the religious "other."

The prime example is Saudi Arabia's national curriculum. Despite assurances in the State Department human rights report that the Saudi government has in the past year introduced "revised and newly written textbooks across the curriculum for most school grades," these texts continue to promote violence against apostates and "infidels" of all stripes. Militant jihad is justified to "spread Islam" and exalted as "a profitable trade," which "saves from painful punishment."

Posted on the Internet and shipped worldwide, these texts are linked to growing extremism. Top U.S. Treasury counterterrorism officials have called the Wahhabi teachings of these textbooks "kindling for Bin Laden's match," and warned that, without education reform, "we will forever be faced with the challenge of disrupting the next group of terrorist facilitators and supporters."

Dogmatic lessons in Saudi middle and high school textbooks instruct that many Muslims should be killed for their beliefs, including blasphemers, Christian converts, and those who merely "doubt" the Prophet's truth, as well as Shiites and Sufis, who are condemned as "polytheists" for praying at gravesites. Christians, Hindus and those "practicing witchcraft" are also to be fought and killed.

No group, however, is more vilified than Jews.

The problem is far deeper than that conveyed by the State Department characterization of it as simply "stereotypical" or "anti-Semitic" language. Repeatedly, Jews are demonized, dehumanized, and targeted for violence. A 9th grade textbook, for example, states: "It is part of God's wisdom that the struggle between the Muslims and the Jews should continue until the hour [of judgment] … The good news for Muslims is that God will help them against the Jews in the end."

History lessons blame Jews for all perceived problems, even the theory of evolution because, as an 11th grade text asserts, "Darwin was a Jew."

A 10th grade history lesson, in invoking the "leading astray" language of the Koran's opening verse, implies that that verse refers to Jews, teaching that "God Almighty impugned them and pitched upon them humiliation and wretchedness and led them astray."

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