“No human-rights curriculum is complete without the inclusion of the facts of the Holocaust, and its lessons.” This is what John Ging, the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) director of operations in Gaza,says. The UN’s refugee agency is planning to include the Holocaust in a new human-rights curriculum for Gaza’s secondary-school pupils.Hamas, the ruling Islamist movement in Gaza, has condemned suggestions that Palestinian children should be taught about the Holocaust in UN-run schools.
The head of its education committee in Gaza, Abdul Rahman el-Jamal, said that to teach it would be to “grant a big favour” to Israel, which has been fighting Hamas for years.
This blogger suggests that Hamas’ refusal is not surprising and it’s also a strong evidence that they are not serious about peace in the Middle East.Does he have a point? Is acknowledging history the way to peace in the Middle East?
Mark wrote a post earlier about whether a country should own its history. Do you think it applies here? Are Hamas right to refuse to teach children about the Holocaust? Do you think that children in Gaza should learn about the Holocaust and will it help achieve peace in the area?