By Palestine Chronicle Staff
Palestinian Ministry of Education denied reports that the European Union (EU) decided to suspend funds allotted for school curriculum, saying there is no change in EU policy in this regard.
“These reports originated in Israel and that they were baseless,” the ministry said in a statement.
After contacting the Foreign Ministry and Palestine’s ambassador to the EU, it was found that Israel attempted to distort information from an annual regular meeting held since 2013 for an EU committee that reviews the EU budget, according to the statement.
— Palestine Observer (@PalObserver) April 10, 2018
Israeli media reports claimed that the European Parliament adopted a bill introduced by the Committee on Budgetary Control and related to funds allocated for Palestinian education. An Israeli organization assisted in formulating the bill.
The ministry recently refused attempts to change Palestinian curriculum in East Jerusalem by offering amended textbooks with a curriculum that promotes the Israeli narrative of the 70-year-old conflict.
Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem has long bypassed the encroachment over land to that of Palestinian education. Last year, the Israeli government approved a plan to provide financial incentives to East Jerusalem schools to switch to the Israeli school curriculum.
The Palestinian education ministry's annual report found 80,279 Palestinian children and 4,929 teachers and staff were attacked by Israeli settlers or soldiers. https://t.co/eqQqMd6HDe pic.twitter.com/qrk0hSOHwy
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) April 4, 2018
Under the plan, funding could be tripled per pupil at the schools opting for the Israeli curriculum, an Education Ministry source explained.
(PC, Reuters, Al Jazeera)