Days of Palestine

Monday, February 6

Israel closes Palestinian school in East Jerusalem

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After Israeli occupation had shut down their school, Palestinian students in East Jerusalem attended class in the street on Sunday.

On Thursday, the Israeli occupation authorities closed the Palestinian elementary school Al-Nukhba (elite in Arabic) in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir.

Israeli authorities claimed that the school syllabus incites against the Israeli authorities and Jews -a claim the school has completely denied.

The students and their teachers said that they attended this class as a form of a protest against the Israeli closure of their school.

Headmaster of the School Luay Bkirat, who was investigated by the Israeli occupation, denied the claims that his school incites against the Israeli authorities and Jews.

“Our school teaches the Palestinian curriculum being taught at all schools in Jerusalem and that no one of the Palestinian teachers at these schools had ever been investigated over incitement allegations,” he said.

Bkirat condemned the decision and said that he would “conduct procedures to stop this decision which aims to destroy education.”

Israeli newspaper Times of Israel reported that the school was shut down for being a “Hamas front,” after a months-long joint probe by the Israeli education ministry, Israeli Jerusalem police and Israeli intelligence, the Shin Bet.

Palestinian children in Jerusalem suffer from routine Israeli interference and political pressure to replace Palestinian curricula with an Israeli one in occupied East Jerusalem, where full Israeli military and civil control deprives students from proper and secure educational services.

A 2016 report by Israeli daily Haaretz also said that Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem received less than half the funds that the Jerusalem municipality transferred to Jewish schools in West Jerusalem.

In 2011, the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) report that due to the lack of some levels of education in Sur Bahir, tens of Palestinian students are being forced to attend schools in neighbouring villages.