A few years ago Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, did a study of Israeli textbooks. She found that the Nakba was not discussed, that the killing and dispossession of thousands of Palestinians was necessary for the establishment of a Jewish state. Quoting Peled-Elhanam, the daughter of Israeli general Mati Peled, "They are called Arabs. "The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don't pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don't want to develop," she says. "The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer." She further goes on to say that the only time the word "Palestinian" is used is in conjunction with terrorism. Do not these israeli textbooks that dehumanize Palestinians serve as incitement and as a means to make young people who will serve in the IDF to see the Palestinians as a lesser people.? Of course they do.
Palestinian girl, 17, arrested in Old City of Jerusalem with knife in her bag (Haaretz)