Jordanian school textbook said to paint October 7 atrocities in positive light

Paragraph in civics textbook says ‘Palestinian national resistance movement’ merely responded to Israeli aggression by taking hostages

A Jordanian textbook referring to the October 7 Hamas massacre. (X screenshot)
A Jordanian textbook referring to the October 7 Hamas massacre. (X screenshot)

Jordan has inserted the Hamas October 7 massacres into its high school civics curriculum, painting the terror group’s atrocities in a positive light, Kan news reported Saturday.

According to the report, there is a passage in a chapter on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a 10th-grade civics textbook that refers to the “Al-Aqsa Flood” — the Hamas name for the October 7 attacks.

“Israel disregarded repeated decisions made by the UN Security Council, refused to retreat from the occupied Arab territories, continued to persecute the Arab and Palestinian people, committed massacres against them daily, and attacked the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the text begins.

Referring to the terror group Hamas, the paragraph continues: “This led the Palestinian national resistance movement in the Gaza Strip to infiltrate the Israeli settlements around the Strip on October 7, 2023, and take Israeli settlers and soldiers hostage, leading to a violent response from the Israeli enemy – a completely destructive attack against the Gaza Strip that brought about the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands and the destruction of infrastructure, including schools, mosques, churches, hospitals, and civilian structures.”

Israel and Jordan are not enemies, having signed a peace deal in 1994, but relations have deteriorated markedly in recent years amid repeated cycles of violence between Israel and Palestinians. Millions of Jordanians are of Palestinian descent.

Notably, the textbook completely disregards the 1,200 people, most of whom were civilians, that Hamas killed in Israel on October 7, as well as the myriad reports and testimonies regarding rampant sexual violence, torture, and other brutalities that its terrorists perpetrated on that day.

War broke out between Israel and Hamas following the massacre. According to the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry, at least 27,238 Palestinians have been killed and 66,452 have been wounded in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7. These numbers cannot be independently verified and are believed to include some 10,000 Hamas operatives Israel says have been killed in battle, as well as some people killed by Palestinian weapons misfires. Israel also says it killed about 1,000 gunmen who infiltrated Israel on October 7.

Demonstrators chant slogans near the Israeli Embassy in Amman on October 20, 2023. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP)

The Kan report added that a Jordanian TV station asked people on the street what they thought about inserting the October 7 attack into the curriculum. Those asked overwhelmingly approved.

Denialism of the atrocities committed by Hamas has become widespread in the Arab world. A recent poll showed that over 90 percent of Palestinians falsely believe that Hamas did not attack civilians on October 7.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Jordanian textbooks consistently contain antisemitic content.

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