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Why does the State Dep't ignore Islam's toxic hatred of the West?

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Submitted by David Gilchrist (Canada), May 29, 2002 at 22:25

In attempting to depict the US as a victim of its support for Israel, the Arab world claims that Arabs have no inherent anti -American bias. However, there is nothing farther from the truth. The Palestinian Authority has been teaching its people for years that the
the Palestinian conflict with Israel and the United States are two branches in the general total global war of Islam against the West and all other religions. An 11th grade PA textbook describes the inevitable victory of Islam over the West with words that become ever so chilling following the World Trade Center horror: "... We do not claim that the collapse of Western civilization, and the transfer of the center of civilization to us [Islam] will happen in the next decade . Nevertheless [Western civilization] has begun to collapse and to become a pile of rubble." ["Some Outstanding Examples of Our Civilization" for Eleventh Grade]

Palestinian Authority schoolbooks portray Western society and values, especially those of the United States, as corrupt, a "fact" that will inevitably lead to their demise. At times this Western demise is seen as a natural process arising from the innate Western corruption. In other texts the children are taught that the Jihad Muslim fighters will be victorious over the West through Jihad (Holy War for Allah).

The following are citations from two Palestinian school textbooks that reflect attitudes prevalent in Palestinian society:
[The books are published by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education based on previously published Jordanian books, and in use in the school year 2000-2001. Translations by Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace.]

The school texts:
"In the present period, which exceeds all previous periods in terms of the
material and scientific advances taking place, social, psychological and
medical scientists in the West are perplexed by the worrying increase in
the number of people suffering from nervous disorders...and the statistics
from America in this matter are a clear indication of this."
"Western civilization, in both its branches - the capitalist and the
Communist - deprived man of his peace of mind, stability and noble human
examples whom he can respect, when it turned material well-being into the
exemplary goal . his money leading him nowhere, except to suicide..."
"Western civilization is the representation of the highest form of
material life achieved by man, but this alone does not bring him happiness, as you
have seen. There is no escape from a new civilization.The Western world is
not capable of fulfilling this role.There is only one nation capable of
discharging this task and that is our nation [Islam]..."
"... We do not claim that the collapse of Western civilization, and the
transfer of the center of civilization to us [Islam] will happen in the
next decade or two or even in fifty years, for the rise and fall of
civilizations follow natural processes. And even when the foundations of a fortress
become cracked, it still appears.to be at the peak of its strength. Nevertheless
[Western civilization] has begun to collapse and to become a pile of rubble."
"Since the beginning of our reawakening ... We awoke to a painful reality
and oppressive imperialism and we drove it out of some of our lands and we
are about to drive it from the rest..." [Some Outstanding Examples of
Our Civilization for Eleventh Grade]

"Islam, The True Religion: The Victory of Islam:
. This religion [Islam] will defeat all other religions and it will be
disseminated, by Allah's will, through the Muslim Jihad fighters."
[Islamic Education for Seventh Grade p. 125]

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