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Normalising external narratives in Palestine’s spaces for education

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01.11.2018

In collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the EU launched a competition across schools in Gaza and the occupied West Bank called “Know Europe”. The aim, according to EU Deputy Representative Tomas Niklasson, is “to introduce ourselves again to students of Palestine: introduce our values, culture, history and identity” and affirm the bloc’s purported commitment to supporting Palestinians.

This educational endeavour is tantamount to forcing gratitude for symbolic recognition, decades after colonial conquest and entrenchment. Yet the reasoning behind the competition, according to the press release, is that “the European Union has a lot in common with Palestine and the region”. Palestinians know there is no comparison, yet this misconception is now being normalised through education, despite the obvious differences between a bloc of countries and Palestine’s disappearance.

Is it for educational........

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