Altered Version of Palestinian National Charter Distributed to Students

Over eighteen months after being notified in September, 2014 that students were being given a falsified version of the Palestinian National Charter (the "Charter"), the NPS has made no response. Instead, administrators unabashedly state that they will not take action to ensure that students receive the correct version.

PENS has told teachers about the altered version and asked to replace it with the original. Has this been done? The NPS doesn't care, and the only way for us to find out is to spend the several thousand dollars the NPS demands for access to class material. This is not a feasible option for the small number of parents remaining involved in PENS after the illegal  retaliation taken against the child of one of our members. Even if we were to raise the funds, there is reason to believe that the material provided to us will not be complete

The altered version of the Charter has Article 2 removed. The numbers on the remaining Articles are deleted so that the deletion of Article 2 cannot be detected.

Article 2 states: "Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit." This means that any representative of the Arab Palestinian people which accepts this Charter cannot recognize Israel or agree to the division or any of the former Mandate territory. It means that Oslo and other agreements with Israel have no force and that the Palestinian Authority does not have the capacity to agree to or ratify them.

It's easy to understand why the P.A. would want to hide this Article. 

The question is, why does the NPS want to hide it? 

In addition to the altered Palestinian National Charter, students are also given inaccurately edited versions of the Hamas Covenant and important speeches given by Israeli and Palestinian Arab leaders. Information about these deceptively edited documents can be found here and here, and in the 'Primary Sources' section of the Verity Educate report.

Here are the first few paragraphs of the altered version of the PNC given to students, and the real version:

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Altered version of the PNC distributed to Newton students


http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/plocov.asp (Note: the altered version gives the pretense of authority by citing the URL of the Yale archives, even though the altered version is nothing like the real version found in the archives). 

The Palestinian National Charter: Resolutions of the Palestine National Council July 1-17, 1968

Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation,

The Palestinian Arab people possess the legal right to their homeland and have the right to determine their destiny after achieving the liberation of their country in accordance with their wishes and entirely of their own accord and will...

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“Real” Palestinian National Charter as it Appears on Yale Primary Sources Website

 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/plocov.asp

 The Palestinian National Charter: Resolutions of the Palestine National Council July 1-17, 1968

Article 1:

Palestine is the homeland of the Arab Palestinian people; it is an indivisible part of the Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are an integral part of the Arab nation.

Article 2:

Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit.

Article 3:

The Palestinian Arab people possess the legal right to their homeland and have the right to determine their destiny after achieving the liberation of their country in accordance with their wishes and entirely of their own accord and will...


The falsified version and the 'real' version of the Charter can be found here and here.

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