17 October '12..
Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard once commented that, sometimes, the only proper reaction to a particular event is despair.
The following represents such an example.
According to a recent report, rumors of a UN decision to introduce Holocaust studies in schools in Palestinian refugee camps run by UNRWA have outraged Jordanian teachers, who say they will refuse to teach history that “harms the Palestinian cause.”
Roughly two million Palestinian refugees are registered with UNRWA’s Jordan offices, and they operate 172 schools in 10 refugee camps across the kingdom.
The Executive Committee of UNRWA teachers in Jordan responded to news that Holocaust studies would be added to the curriculum on ‘conflict resolution’ by issuing a statement which reads in part:
“We condemn this decision, which equates the butcher and the victim,” [emphasis added]
The teachers’ statement demanded instead classes on the Palestinian “right of return” to Israel.
The statement continued:
‘Teaching UNRWA students about the so-called ‘Holocaust’ as part of human rights harms the Palestinian cause … and changes the students’ views regarding their main enemy, namely the Israeli occupation.”
(Read full "The moral necessity of despair when Arab teachers object to the humanization of Jews")