Days of Palestine

Saturday, June 3

Israeli Occupation to Demolish Two Palestinian Schools in Bethlehem


Israeli occupation forces handed, Sunday, demolition orders for two Palestinian schools in Kisan and Job Ath-Thieb villages, east of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Hasan Brejiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission, stated that the soldiers accompanied by members of the Israeli state-funded Regavim pro colonies group invaded the area, and handed the demolition orders to the two schools, for “being built without permits” from the so-called Civil Administration Office, the administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation.

It is worth mentioning that the children in the two schools are always subjected to repeated Israeli violations and abuses by both soldiers and illegal Israeli colonists.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Conventions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.

“As the occupier, Israel is therefore forbidden from using state land and natural resources for purposes other than military or security needs or for the benefit of the local population. The unlawful appropriation of property by an occupying power amount to “pillage”, which is prohibited by both the Hague Regulations and Fourth Geneva Convention and is a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and many national laws.” Amnesty Report.

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