[News] Israeli forces demolish Palestinian primary school in southern Hebron

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Tue Apr 10 11:02:15 EDT 2018

  Israeli forces demolish Palestinian primary school in southern Hebron

April 10, 2018 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780017
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian primary 
school late Monday night in the southern occupied West Bank district of 
Hebron, leaving 42 children without a place to learn.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the small Bedouin community 
of Zanouta, and destroyed the school, which was built from cement blocks 
and tin sheets.

The school was inaugurated on March 26, along with six other schools in 
the area that were built to provide education for children in vulnerable 
communities in the area.

The now demolished structures held six classrooms and provided services 
to 43 school children, including 10 in kindergarten.

Despite the demolition, the school children still showed up to school on 
Tuesday in the cold rain. Their teachers conducted classes on the floor 
of the remaining structure.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education released a statement on Tuesday 
condemning the destruction of the school, describing it as “a new crime 
against educational institutions” and an “attack on the rights of 
students and children’s access to a safe and stable educational 

“Does this school, which was built in a remote area, threaten Israel?” 
the ministry asked in the statement, reaffirming their position that the 
Israeli occupation “is the primary and fundamental instigator against 
the Palestinian people and its institutions, especially educational ones.”

According to a February statement 
the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 37 
schools have pending demolition orders in Area C of the West Bank, which 
is under the full civilian and security control of Israeli authorities.

Meanwhile, in March, the ministry released its annual report for 2017 
documenting the Israeli government’s violations against Palestinian 
education, saying that 80,279 Palestinian children and 4,929 teachers 
and staff were "attacked" by Israeli settlers or soldiers.

Area C, along with East Jerusalem, has been the site of rapid Israeli 
settlement expansions in contravention of international law, while 
Israel’s separation wall has further divided Palestinian communities and 
has restricted Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza from even visiting 
what was intended to be their capital.Israeli rights group B’Tselem 
in 2016 Palestinians experienced the highest number of Israeli 
demolitions since the group began recording the incidents.

At the same time, settlement watchdog Peace now reported that Israel’s 
illegal settlement construction in the West Bankincreased by 34 percent 
in 2016, <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777211> with Israeli 
authorities initiating construction on 1,814 new settler housing units.

According to Palestinians and rights groups, Israel’s overall goal, both 
in its policies in Area C and Israel’s settlement enterprise, is to 
depopulate the land of its Palestinian residents and replace them with 
Jewish Israeli communities in order to manipulate population 
demographics in all of historic Palestine.
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