Saudi boys stand in line as a teacher takes the attendance on their first day back to school in Riyadh 09 September 2006. Five years after the September 11 attacks, US accusations, claiming the Muslim kingdom’s education system is fostering Islamic extremism, continue. Saudi schoolbooks have lately been accused of promoting intolerance of not just non-Muslims, but also of Islamic sects other than the purist Sunni Salafi school from which the Wahhabi doctrine dominant in Saudi Arabia is derived
Charles Lewis Sep 28, 2011 – 5:36 PM ET
Textbooks used in Saudi Arabia’s schools contain virulent forms of anti-Christian and anti-Jewish bigotry that continue to fuel intolerance and violence around the globe, says a new report.
The problem is far greater than the five million students in Saudi Arabia who use these texts every day, said Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.
“Because of the Saudis’ great oil wealth, it is able to disseminate its textbooks far and wide,” she wrote in the report, Ten Years On.
“[These textbooks] are posted on the Saudi Education Ministry’s website and are shipped and distributed free by a vast Saudi-sponsored Sunni infrastructure to many Muslim schools, mosques and libraries throughout the world.
“This is not just hate mongering, it’s promoting violence,” she said in an interview. It is exporting terrorism through textbooks.
Christians are referred to as “swine” and Jews as “apes,” while being blamed for much of the world’s ills.
She notes in the report that since the Saudis control Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina, they can “disseminate its religious materials among the millions of Muslims making the Hajj each year. Hence, these teachings can have a wide and deep influence.”
It was not a coincidence that 15 of the 19 attackers on 9/11 were Saudis, she added.
Ms. Shea, a human rights lawyer for 30 years, said a prime example of the texts’ influence can be seen in Indonesia, a country with a history of religious tolerance.
In 2005, Abdurrahman Wahid, the then-president, wrote about the danger of the Saudis’ exported ideology, saying it was fueling a “well-financed, multifaceted global movement that operates like a juggernaut in much of the developing world, and even among immigrant Muslim communities in the West.”
In the report, Ms. Shea cites dozens of examples of inflammatory language used against several groups, including Baha’is.
The following excerpts come from supposedly revised books produced in 2010-11.
- From a Grade 8 text: “The Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.”
- Suggested lesson for Grade 8 class: As an exercise, students can spend time listing “Jews’ condemnable qualities.”
- From a Grade 10 text concerning the vicious anti-Semitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, written in 19th-century Czarist Russia: “These are secret decisions that aim at achieving Jewish domination of the world. They were exposed in the 19th century and the Jews have tried to deny them, but evidence exists to prove their validity and their reproduction by the Elders of Zion.”
- For Grade 11: “Baha’ism: is one of the most destructive esoteric sects in the modern age.”
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Below, an interview on SUN TV on this subject from an original researcher on this matter from DC