The Tel Aviv municipality decided to convert the Palestinian Technological School in Jaffa into a Jewish art school, after two years of closure on the pretext that there were not enough students there.
Kayed Hassanein, a member of the Jaffa Popular Committee, said that the school was closed two years ago, but the municipality issued a decision to convert it into a Jewish art school, noting that the municipality claimed two years ago that the number of students there was not enough, as it decreased to 200 students in the last year.
Hassanein added that the school included students who had social problems, and with the closure of the school, no other schools could accommodate them and they did not complete their education.
He said that the Tel Aviv municipality also closed Al-Zahraa School and demolished Al-Amiriya Boys School, all schools dating back to 1948, stressing that the Al-Zahraa school building is now used as a kindergarten.
Also, he pointed out to Al-Jarmaq that the goal of closing schools and emptying them of students is a policy of ignoring the people of Jaffa first, obliterating the Palestinian Arab identity in Jaffa, and forcing its people to emigrate from their city.
Hassanein affirmed that these schools have a long history, as the people of Jaffa studied in them before the Nakba 1948, but the Israeli occupation wants to hide its history and its impact, pointing out that the number of schools in Jaffa is very few.