Just months after its acceptance into the World Organization of the Scout Movement the Palestinian Scout Association has been exposed indoctrinating its young members to deny the existence of the State of Israel.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently sponsored an event to mark the Palestinian Scout Association's acceptance as a full Member Organization of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. At the ceremony, senior PA officials including Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub and PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam presented plaques which erased the state of Israel entirely from the map.
The Palestinian Scout Association was conditionally recognized as a non-voting member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1996. However, it only became a full member on February 27, 2016. To celebrate this event the Palestinian Authority sponsored an event attended by Jibril Rajoub, PA District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, and Sabri Saidam. They, along with other PA Officials, handed out plaques featuring a map of "Palestine" which encompasses all of the State of Israel.
“[PA District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Dr. Laila Ghannam during her participation in the celebrations of the Palestinian Scout Association’s full membership in the international organization (i.e., World Organization of the Scout Movement), which was held by the [Palestinian Scout] Association with the participation of scout [associations] from Arab and world states, under the auspices of his honor, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. Ramallah’s Palace of Culture, 16th of Ramadan, 2016”
This is part of the PA's wider campaign of denying the existence of Israel. PMW reports on many incidents of children's TV explicitly denying the existence of the State of Israel.
In one PA TV program, The Best Home, the host along with his puppet sidekick taught that “the size of Palestine is 27,000 sq. km.” However, in reality, the total combined area of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is only 6,220 sq. km.
27,000 sq. km would include all of the State of Israel excluding the Golan Heights – once again belying the PA's declared commitment to a "two state solution."
PA TV host: "What is the size of Palestine?"
Puppet Ramzi: "Oooooooh, Palestine is big…"
PA TV host to boy on phone: "Amir, are you with me? Amir left. Don’t be scared, the question is very easy…"
PA TV host: "Well then, children, my friends, the size of Palestine is 27,000 sq. km."
Puppet Ramzi: "I know, 27,000 sq. km."
PA TV host: "You know? Bravo!"
[Official PA TV program The Best Home, June 15, 2016. Translation PMW]
In another case PMW reports that the host of the PA TV game show Box 101 began by welcoming his viewers with the following words:
Official PA TV host: ”Dear viewers, good evening. May Allah bless you and welcome from wherever you are watching us throughout Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River.”