Hate Education

June 15, 2011 3:23 PM

The Coalition Against Hate Education has been campaigning against Western taxpayers' money supporting 'Hate Education' in the Palestinian Territories since January 2008.Campaign Against Hate EducationTwo major reports underpin the campaign: the first, Palestinian Hate Education since Annapolis, explores how UK and Western taxpayers' money is supporting 'hate education' in the Palestinian territories, radicalising young Palestinians and prolonging the conflict in the Middle East.

Working with sister groups from Germany, Italy, France, Sweden and Slovakia, the report was launched in six languages at an event in Brussels, attended by MEPs from key committees and chaired by Timothy Kirkhope MEP, leader of the Conservative group in the European Parliament.  That report succeeds Funding Hate Education, launched in January 2008.

The second report, Reforming European Development Assistance (PDF), emphasises the need for greater transparency, scrutiny and accountability in how EU aid policy is formed, so that scandals such as the funding of hate education can be avoided in the future.

Michael Gove MPMichael Gove MP has praised the work of the TPA in exposing Palestinian Hate Education:
"It is certainly the case the PA has produced or has allowed to be produced textbooks, which in their detail - the TaxPayers' Alliance has done a brilliant job in exposing this - in their detail go beyond the offensive and are just downright evil."


Michael MooreLiberal Democrat spokesman on international development Michael Moore MP said:


"No British aid should fund people who seek to undermine the British, other allies or the Israeli state."



After our event in the European Parliament, MEPs from across the political spectrum pledged to ask more questions about where EU funding was allocated and how it was spent.

Since then, President Obama commented in July that:


"[The Palestinians] have to deal with incitement issues."

More recently, the campaign was launched in Israel at a press conference with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and a speech at the major Herzliya policy conference.  Short excerpts from TPA Research Director Matthew Sinclair's speech at the conference can be seen in this YouTube video:

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We also ran an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Europe, authored by Matthew Sinclair and Raheem Kassam, an extract of which is below. Click here to read the full piece.

It is easy to understand why many Westerners are bewildered by the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Confrontations like the springtime flotilla crisis make it easy for people to see the situation as too complex, ugly, and hopeless, and they switch off. But we can't ignore what goes on in Israel and the Palestinian territories, if for no reason other than we're affecting it: Our money is supporting indoctrination in the territories that is sowing the seeds of future conflict for decades to come. We have a responsibility to take that incredibly seriously.

In 2007, the European Union provided €420 million to the Palestinian territories, while member states also provided extensive bilateral aid: Germany provided €55 million, France €67 million, and the United Kingdom put in £63.6 million (about €76 million). Many countries have increased their donations since then, with the EU and U.S. pledging the lion's share of $7.7 billion for the period of 2008-2010, with a focus on reconstruction after last year's Gaza conflict.The Coalition Against Hate Education has been campaigning against Western taxpayers' money supporting 'Hate Education' in the Palestinian Territories since January 2008.Campaign Against Hate EducationTwo major reports underpin the campaign: the first, Palestinian Hate Education since Annapolis, explores how UK and Western taxpayers' money is supporting 'hate education' in the Palestinian territories, radicalising young Palestinians and prolonging the conflict in the Middle East.

Working with sister groups from Germany, Italy, France, Sweden and Slovakia, the report was launched in six languages at an event in Brussels, attended by MEPs from key committees and chaired by Timothy Kirkhope MEP, leader of the Conservative group in the European Parliament.  That report succeeds Funding Hate Education, launched in January 2008.

The second report, Reforming European Development Assistance (PDF), emphasises the need for greater transparency, scrutiny and accountability in how EU aid policy is formed, so that scandals such as the funding of hate education can be avoided in the future.

Michael Gove MPMichael Gove MP has praised the work of the TPA in exposing Palestinian Hate Education:
"It is certainly the case the PA has produced or has allowed to be produced textbooks, which in their detail - the TaxPayers' Alliance has done a brilliant job in exposing this - in their detail go beyond the offensive and are just downright evil."


Michael MooreLiberal Democrat spokesman on international development Michael Moore MP said:


"No British aid should fund people who seek to undermine the British, other allies or the Israeli state."



After our event in the European Parliament, MEPs from across the political spectrum pledged to ask more questions about where EU funding was allocated and how it was spent.

Since then, President Obama commented in July that:


"[The Palestinians] have to deal with incitement issues."

More recently, the campaign was launched in Israel at a press conference with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and a speech at the major Herzliya policy conference.  Short excerpts from TPA Research Director Matthew Sinclair's speech at the conference can be seen in this YouTube video:

[iframe http://www.youtube.com/embed/C3-GWVm05d0 500 405]

We also ran an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Europe, authored by Matthew Sinclair and Raheem Kassam, an extract of which is below. Click here to read the full piece.

It is easy to understand why many Westerners are bewildered by the conflict in Israel-Palestine. Confrontations like the springtime flotilla crisis make it easy for people to see the situation as too complex, ugly, and hopeless, and they switch off. But we can't ignore what goes on in Israel and the Palestinian territories, if for no reason other than we're affecting it: Our money is supporting indoctrination in the territories that is sowing the seeds of future conflict for decades to come. We have a responsibility to take that incredibly seriously.

In 2007, the European Union provided €420 million to the Palestinian territories, while member states also provided extensive bilateral aid: Germany provided €55 million, France €67 million, and the United Kingdom put in £63.6 million (about €76 million). Many countries have increased their donations since then, with the EU and U.S. pledging the lion's share of $7.7 billion for the period of 2008-2010, with a focus on reconstruction after last year's Gaza conflict.

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