Palestinian education in the occupied territories.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis provides an analysis of the nature of Palestinian education under Israeli military occupation. Confidential interviews, currently available field research, and a theoretical background form the basis from which the author has constructed a picture of the nature of Palestinian education under occupation. The major topics covered include a political history of the Arab-Israeli conflict including the adoption of the internal colonialism theoretical perspective; an analysis of the relationship between colonialism and education; the special significance of education to the Palestinians and the Israelis; an outline of Palestinian education under occupation with particular reference to the post-1967 era; an account of Palestinian life under military occupation which details the inhumane treatment of Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories by the Israeli military authorities and settlers; the revolutionary nature of the intifada; the targeting of Palestinian university staff and students by Israelis for especially harsh treatment; the massive Israeli crack-down on Palestinian formal and informal education and the implications for the Palestinians of the widespread and prolonged closures of Palestinian schools and universities. The author concludes that the Israeli authorities have specifically targeted Palestinian education as an area which they want to maintain close control over. The Israelis desire the Palestinian population (particularly in the occupied Territories) to have only limited, token educational opportunities, in order to keep them ignorant, and passive. During the intifada then, the Israelis have severely disrupted all levels of Palestinian education. Widespread school and university closures have been used by the Israelis to collectively punish the Palestinian community and hinder their chances of developing a strong independent Palestinian infrastructure which could become the foundation of a Palestinian state.