The Toxic World View -- And View Of The Jews -- Indoctrinated In Syrian Children
Charles Jacobs explains at Front Page about the sort of values Syrian children are hammered with in their schools:
Syrian students are presented a consistently defamatory model of Jews, Judaism, democracy and the West. Syrian schoolchildren learn that although Judaism was the initial vessel for Allah's revelation, it was quickly superseded by Christianity, which was superseded by Islam - the ultimate revelation. Thus, the continued adherence of Jews to an outdated and incomplete belief system (Judaism) classifies them as intrinsically depraved, having rejected Allah's Divine Truth, and consigns them to "elimination" in this life, and "hell" in the next. The worldview constructed for Syrian pupils, since at least the 1980s, consistently teaches that Jews are directly and solely responsible for antisemitism and the Holocaust, that the modern State of Israel is an illegitimate occupation of Arab lands.
The simplicity and consistency of this worldview, the offering of "historical" examples as an empirical demonstration of Jewish malfeasance, whether as parasites within foreign lands, both East and West, or as ruthless colonizers displacing and persecuting the indigenous Muslim inhabitants of Palestine, results in one clear message.
As an 11th grade Syrian textbooks states: "The Jews spare no effort in deceiving us, being hostile towards us, denying our noble Prophet, inciting against us and distorting the Divine Books... collaborat(ing) with pagans and atheists against the Muslims because they see that Islam unveils their cunning ways and evil nature... (t) herefore, the logic of genuine justice decrees against them one verdict the carrying out of which is unavoidable. Their criminal intention should be turned against them by way of their elimination [isti'sal]." (Quoted in Islamic Education in Syria: Undoing Secularism.) But what exactly does this "elimination" entail? Examination of the textbooks makes this clear: the waging of jihad ("Holy War" or "struggle") against both the Zionist occupiers of Palestine and, more broadly, anyone who poses a threat to Islam.
What should be even more alarming is the evidence within these textbooks which suggests that jihad, as a requirement, is not limited to one geographical area, one territorial dispute, or a single socio-political "enemy." Thus, while the textbooks examined stress the necessity of jihad against Israel and the Jews, these mandates also, at the very least, strongly imply the necessity of jihad as a divinely commanded duty of all Muslims against all enemies, regardless of location or political persuasion. As one passage in an 8th grade textbook directly states: "Jihad today is an individual duty of every Muslim..."