The Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian school in the village of Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Thursday morning, local sources reported.
The school, which was located in al-Qaboun Bedouin community, was the only educational facility for about 50 students from grades one to nine, who studied in five classrooms. The school was supported by the European Union and several international organizations.
Najeh Rustom, the head of the village council of Kafr Malik, said that the Israeli occupation forces came with bulldozers and razed the Ras al-Tin school to the ground. He said that the Bedouin community residents had to leave the area recently because of the constant attacks by Israeli settlers on them and their properties.
He added that last Sunday, settlers smashed the windows of the school and damaged its contents, before the Israeli bulldozers demolished it today.
He noted that about 500 people used to live in Qaboun Bedouin community before they were forcibly displaced by the Israeli occupation and settler violence, to the outskirts of the villages of al-Mughayyir, Kafr Malik and Khirbet Abu Falah, east of Ramallah.
The destruction of Ras al-Tin school is part of Israel’s systematic policy of targeting Palestinian educational institutions in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military and administrative control. According to OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israel has demolished or seized 58 Palestinian-owned structures, including 15 educational facilities, in Area C since the beginning of 2023.