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How Western Taxpayers Fund Palestinian Hate Education

Recorded on May 4, 2009

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Our panellists will examine how hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid given to the Palestinian territories by Western countries finances propaganda that prolongs the conflict.  The official Palestinian state media and even school textbooks glorify terrorists who murder children, encourage the Palestinian population to choose continued violent confrontation over a peaceful compromise and celebrate the insurgency in Iraq as a "brave resistance."  With 42% of the Palestinian population under the age 15, a massive young generation is being radicalized.  That radicalization will make it far more difficult to achieve peace in the region - and Western taxpayers are paying for it.

Matthew Sinclair's research on the links between Western donations and Palestinian Hate Education has driven forward the debate over the issue in the UK and Europe, leading to the creation of a coalition bringing together groups from Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Sweden, and Slovakia.  Barbara Crook holds an Honors BA in English Literature from Queen's University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto.  James Phillips has written extensively on Middle Eastern issues, including papers that predicted the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, the Soviet defeat there, and the dangers arising from U.S. withdrawal, which contributed to the rise of the Taliban and the export of terrorism and Islamic radicalism.