Israel to demolish European-funded Palestinian school in West Bank

Abu Rahma added that around 50 children of various ages were already enrolled at the school, recently built by European funds and run by the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

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An Israeli court has ruled to demolish a newly-built Palestinian school located in the center of the West Bank.

(Fadi Arouri/NRC)

According to an anti-settlement activist Abdullah Abu Rahma, the Jerusalem District Court last week rejected the injunctive relief submitted in favor of the Ras El-Teen School in eastern Ramallah.

Abu Rahma added that around 50 children of various ages were already enrolled at the school, recently built by European funds and run by the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

(Fadi Arouri/NRC)

He confirmed that various activists have started to congregate at the school to stage a sit-in to prevent Israel from tearing down the structure.

The activist explained that lawyers are struggling to file a petition against the demolition order.

Norwegian organization warns Israel against the school’s demolition.

(Fadi Arouri/NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) announced on Wednesday that it is deeply concerned about the Israeli military’s planned demolition of a Palestinian primary school in the West Bank, a press release reported.

“These are some of the most vulnerable children whose lives are already tough, and Israel as the occupying power must ensure that they get their education and basic services,” expressed NRC Regional Director Carsten Hansen.

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He added: “Instead, Israel uses its power to do the opposite, denying them their basic right to education and paving the way for illegal settlement expansion.”

The European Union, several of its member states, and the UK provided humanitarian funding for the school’s construction.

(Fadi Arouri/NRC)

Moreover, the NRC pointed out that the Israeli military confiscated construction materials and tools on four occasions between the 31st of August and the 10th of September, including the school’s roof, desks, and chairs.

(Shatha Hammad – MEE)

Israel claims this was done as the school lacked an Israeli-issued building permit.

However, the NRC noted that Israeli authorities deny as many as 98% of Palestinian requests for building permits in Area C of the occupied West Bank, where the school is located.

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The NRC reported the Education Cluster, a forum coordinating humanitarian education response, stating: “Israel has partially or fully demolished three schools in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, so far this year, and 52 other schools are under threat of demolition.”

 

The school is situated in an area of the occupied West Bank classified as Area C, subject to full Israeli jurisdiction under the Oslo II Accord of 1995, signed in Taba, Egypt.

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