School Textbooks Teach Violence and Anti-Semitism

In its Survey of 2017-2018 Saudi Middle and High School Textbooks, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said that Saudi Arabia is failing to fulfill its promise to the United States that by 2008, it would revise and update its textbooks, removing “all language disparaging non-Muslims or promoting hatred toward other religions and religious groups.”

The USCIRF says the textbooks teach that those who worship differently will go to hell and that criticism of Islam is “apostasy,” warranting the death penalty. “The textbooks caution students to avoid friendship with members of other religions. They also encourage both violent and nonviolent jihad against nonbelievers.”