Jihadist language in Saudi Arabian textbooks is creating angst among Westerners who continue to hear empty promises that the kingdom’s leaders will remove controversial and inflammatory language from curricula. Textbooks, of course, are an important tool in educating children, thus the presence of terroristic language is concerning.
Recently, the Institute for Gulf Affairs (IGA) in Washington, D.C., was able to get its hands on some Saudi textbooks. The group provided these startling translations to Fox News. In addition to calling for the murder of Jews, the texts reportedly call women “weak” and teach that gays are dangerous and should be put to death.
According to Alu Al-Ahmen, director of the IGA, terrorism starts in the education system. “If you teach six million children in these important years of their lives, if you install that in their brain, no wonder we have so many Saudi suicide bombers,” he explains.
Al-Ahmen, a Saudi national who obtained the books from confidential sources within the kingdom, says that the texts are paid for by the Saudi government. The government’s role in the funding of the textbooks makes the presence of controversial and dangerous language even more concerning.
One book, al-Ahmed claims, teaches 10th graders barbaric practices. “They show students how to cut (the) hand and the feet of a thief,” he explains. This particular textbook was created for the 2010-2011 school year.
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In another text for ninth-graders, students are allegedly taught that it is necessary to annihilate the Jewish people. According to Fox News, one part reads, “The hour (of judgment) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. … There is a Jew behind me come and kill him.”
Fox News has more about the issues surrounding Saudi Arabian education and terrorism:
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was an intense focus on Saudi Arabia and its educational teachings because almost all of the attackers were from the kingdom. In 2006, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Turki al-Faisal told the Chicago Council on Foreign Relationships that the Saudi king was determined to eradicate this ideology of hate.
“In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah recognizes that above all else education is the key, and he has put forth a program of reforms in this area,” al-Faisal said. “In recent years, the kingdom has reviewed all of its education practices and materials and has removed any element that is inconsistent with the needs of a modern education. Not only have we eliminated what is objectionable from old textbooks that were in our system, we have also implemented a comprehensive internal revision and modernization plan. “
While the kingdom has made these claims, it’s clear that the most recent textbooks do not comply with these self-imposed standards. This is particularly striking, considering that the government purportedly reviews these books.
Either the reviews aren’t happening or the horrific language said to be present in the texts is simply being ignored — potentially both.
(H/T: Fox News)