Math Test In Yemeni School In Taiz Uses Hamas's Attacks Against Israel As Questions; Former MP From Islah Party Praises Teacher For Instilling 'Islamic Principles' In Students

December 19, 2023

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On December 17, 2023, Al-Dhifa Dura' Al-Quds ("The West Bank Is Jerusalem's Shield"), a pro- Iran-backed militias Telegram channel, published an image showing a math test that was allegedly administered by Yemen's "Ministry of Education".[1]

The test included questions that promoted Hamas' military wing, Izzeldin Al-Qassam Brigades, and their attacks on Israeli soldiers and tanks. The same image of the test was posted by a Yemeni Member of Parliament who lauded the teacher who posed the questions.

The image showed that the test was given during the 2022-2023 school year, and was administrated in a school located in Taiz, a city in southwestern Yemen which is divided between Ansar Allah (Houthi) armed forces and Yemeni government forces since 2015.

MEMRI JTTM research revealed that the "School of the late Abdul Muhammad Rajeh," is a primary school for children under 12 years old. Its Facebook page has videos showing girls and boys attending classes and engaging in social activities.[2]

Questions On Hamas's Missiles, Ammunition, And Israeli Casualties

One question reads: "The Al-Qassam Brigades fired 4500 missiles at nine occupied Palestinian cities; how many missiles were fired at each city?"

A second question reads: "The Palestinian resistance destroyed 240 Zionist tanks, in each tank there were four soldiers; how many soldiers were killed by the resistance?"

A third question reads: "The Al-Qassam Brigades have 88 and 2/3 tons of ammunition, and they have used 25 and 5/7 tons in the fight against the Zionist occupiers; how many tons they have left?"

Former Yemeni MP Praises Teacher

The same image of the test was posted on X (formerly Twitter) by Mohammed Nasser Al-Hazmi Al-Idrisi, a former Yemeni MP and member of the Islah Party which combines tribal influences along with those of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood.[3]

According to his bio on X, Al-Idrisi claims also to be the "Spokesman for the Association of Yemeni Scholars, Imams and Preachers at the Al-Rahman Mosque."

In his post, Al-Idrisi praised the math teacher for wording the questions in a way that "keeps pace with the events in Gaza."[4]

He wrote: "The math teacher is instilling 'great goals and principles in the hearts of his students. Praise to this teacher and every teacher who understands his great role in the issues of the Arab and Islamic nation.'"

Former MP Praises Abu Obeida

On October 17, Al-Idrisi posted a photo of himself alongside the Spokesman of Hamas's military wing, Abu Obeida, saying that he met him during a past visit to Gaza.[5] While he did not mention the date of his meeting, he indicated that the visit to Gaza was part of "Lifeline 5 convoy," an initiative organized by 50 activists to supply Gaza with humanitarian aid, that took place in 2010.

In his post, Al-Idrisi lauded Abu Obeida, saying that he is a modest man who sends "shockwaves to the enemy," with no financial ambitions. He seeks only heavenly rewards, he says.



[1] Telegram, December 17, 2023.

[2] Facebook, December 19, 2023.

[3] July 13, 2020, December 19, 2023.

[4] X, December 10, 2023.

[5] X, December 17, 2023.

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