- More than £20 million of British aid given to schools in the Palestinian Authority
- But a shocking report reveals that the new curriculum encourages martyrdom
- A textbook explained physics showing a boy with a slingshot targeting soldiers
A report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education reveals that the Palestinian Authority school curriculum 'utilizes a variety of tools to convince children—mostly boys—to risk their lives and die as martyrs'.
Alistair Burt, the aid minister, admitted in parliamentary answers that British taxpayers are funding the salaries of 33,000 teachers who follow the curriculum that also promotes violence against Israel.
A science textbook explained Newton by showing a photo of a boy with a slingshot targeting soldiers
The report also revealed that the word Israel 'typically appears as the Zionist Occupation' throughout the curriculum which has been accused of exerting pressure on young Palestinians to be martyrs.
It goes on to highlight some of the lessons that are being funded by British aid.
A science textbook Newton's second law of physics by using an image of a boy with a slingshot targeting soldiers, to explain power, mass, and tensile strength.
It reads: 'Palestinian youths used slingshots to confront the soldiers of the Zionist occupation and defend themselves from their treacherous bullets. What is the relationship between the elongation of the slingshot's rubber and the tensile strength affecting it?'
Meanwhile, a maths book for nine-year-old students teaches them to count up and work out the number of Palestinian martyrs.
Another textbook encourages nine-year-olds to be martyrs with a picture of students looking at an empty desk with the sign 'The Martyr'.
A poem in a history book also glorifies martyrdom and calls for violent resistance against Israel.
It reads: 'I vow I shall sacrifice my blood to saturate the land of the generous and will remove the usurper from my country.'
It also teaches that the families of terrorists will be rewarded in paradise.
The shocking report concludes that radicalisation is 'more pervasive across this new curriculum' than the old one, which was also widely criticised.
The curriculum 'exerts pressure over young Palestinians to acts of violence in a more extensive and sophisticated manner'.
A poem in a history book reads: 'I vow I shall sacrifice my blood to saturate the land of the generous and will remove the usurper from my country'
According to the Times, minister Burt admitted 'all of their schools in the West Bank are using the revised 2017 PA curriculum. UK-funded public servants and teachers … are therefore involved'.
Joan Ryan, chairwoman of Labour Friends of Israel, told the Times that the situation is 'absolutely appalling' as the curriculum promotes violence, terrorism and antisemitism.
She called on the government to suspend all aid to the Palestinian Authority to be suspended.
The Department for International Development said: 'Our support is helping around 25,000 young Palestinians go to school each year.
The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.'
Last year, Mail on Sunday investigation found that 24 schools were named after Palestinian terrorists. Also discovered was evidence of widespread encouragement of violence against Israel by teachers, with terrorists routinely held up as heroes for schoolchildren.
Pictures of ‘martyrs’ were posted on school walls, revolutionary slogans and symbols were painted on premises used by youngsters, sports events were named after teenage terrorists and children were encouraged to act out shooting Israeli soldiers in plays.
Head teachers openly admitted to flouting attempts by British and European donors to control the curriculum at schools.
They revealed they printed overtly political study aids for pupils, some even denying the existence of Israel.