ISRAEL - Schools Produce Child Terrorists

Arno Froese

Terrorist supporters like Muhammad Alian are invited to visit the schools as honored guests. Alian, the father of a terrorist who carried out a 2015 attack that killed three and wounded over a dozen others, himself reportedly has close ties to Hamas. Another honored guest was Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri, former grand mufti of Jerusalem, whom the report describes as “the main inciter in Jerusalem in recent decades.”

Arab children are also exposed to incitement through “informal” education, said Maor Tzemach, chairman of Lech Yerushalayim, an NGO that focuses on Jerusalem-related issues. He listed memorials, shows, days of commemoration, (Palestinian Heritage Day, Palestinian Prisoners Day), sports clubs, community centers, scout groups and “all kinds of associations that work in the so-called social space and which inculcate a nationalistic, radicalized worldview against the State of Israel.”

“All of it leads a boy, age 13, to take a pistol and to carry out a shooting, something which is shocking in our eyes,” he added.

Children are not born with hate, said IDF Lt. Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch, “but they are taught to hate. They are brainwashed to see Jews as evil, as the sons of apes and pigs; thieves who stole their land. When you push those really disastrous messages, then the path to terror is virtually guaranteed.”

Israel’s Education Ministry shares much of the blame for failing to provide proper oversight and allowing schools within Israel to use the P.A. curriculum, he said. “In many cases, the schools are actually funded to a great extent by the Israeli taxpayer.”

Clearly not all Arab parents agree with what their children are being taught. An Arab father pulled his son out of an eastern Jerusalem Arab school. “They are teaching my son that it is necessary to murder Jews. They are told that killing Jews is legitimate,” he wrote the Education Ministry in a letter reprinted by news site Mynet Jerusalem. The father transferred his son to a bilingual school in Beit Safafa, where both Arabs and Jews study., 23 February 2023

Arno's Commentary

The negative fulfillment of Proverbs 22:6 is quite evident in some Arab-Palestinian schools, as the article reveals. The Scripture reads: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Education is of great importance for a people to function in a civilized manner. But when that education includes incitement against other people—in this case, Jews—it ought to be strictly forbidden, even punished by law. 

One can research history and find that the winner of a war had the right to dictate the educational process of the defeated. Such was the case after the Second World War, when the Soviet Union defeated the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) regime. The curriculum was strictly monitored by the Soviet Union in the East and the Allies in the West. Until this very day, Germany is bound by law to educate its children, from kindergarten to university, on the horrifying deeds of their forefathers. Quite apparently, not so in Arab-occupied Israel. The article states, “February saw three terror attacks by Palestinian youths, two of whom were 13 years old and one of whom was 14.”

But there is a problem with today’s communication explosion. It becomes all but impossible to fully control, for example, fake news. While most of the world’s governments are filtering news articles—some quite successfully—news based on partial truth has become difficult to disprove legally.

Advertising, for example, is blatantly telling half-truths; sometimes only a few words within the promotion are actually based on truth. For example, a $30,000 life insurance policy is offered for under $10. Another is a non-medically approved supplement that promises “no pain” if taken. While in many cases this may be “good for the economy,” it is still based on falsehoods.

Where is truth? “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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