Finland’s Representative Office in the Occupied Palestinian Territories condemned Sunday, August 20, 2023, the Israeli occupation’s demolition of the Ein Samia school in Ramallah and recalled that Finland was one of the main donors to the construction of the school.
The Finnish office added in a post on its official account via the “X” platform (formerly Twitter) that there are currently 60 schools in Palestine threatened with demolition by the Israeli occupation. It stressed that education is a basic right for every child.
The post of the Finnish representative office comes after the European Union condemned the occupation forces’ demolition of the school, calling for respect for the right of Palestinian children to education, and for “compensating the European Union for the funding it lost.”
Last Thursday, Israeli forces demolished the Ein Samia School, east of Ramallah, which educates 50 Bedouin children in grades one to six.
The Israeli occupation’s intensification of demolition orders coincided with the rejection of the Central and Supreme Israeli Courts of petitions submitted by the Palestinian residents to stop the decision to demolish the only school in the community.
During the past decade, the Israeli occupation issued dozens of demolition and eviction orders against the residents of Ein Samia, under the false pretext of building without a permit.
The people of Ein Samia refused to leave their lands, despite the continuous pressures of the occupation and hundreds of demolition orders against them, and they lived in tents and tin houses, so the occupation pushed its settlers to attack and control the town.
The Israeli occupation allowed Israeli colonizers to build 12 illegal settlement outposts on Palestinian lands, from where they attack Palestinians to force them to leave their lands.