Israeli forces prepare to demolish a school in Hebron, West Bank on 11 July 2018 [DonnaBaranski-Walker/Twitter] Children in occupied West Bank schools are attacked and traumatized on a regular basis, as a matter of official policy. These are stories from just November and ten days in December (subsidized by American tax dollars). compiled by If…
In the course of just 4 days, Israeli soldiers managed to attack and traumatize scores of school children, as well as adults who were there to serve the children. Mainstream media does not report on these incidents because they don’t match the narrative of benign occupation and Palestinians as terrorists.
Gaza and Khan al Ahmar have made the news recently. But nothing newsworthy from the West Bank. What does a typical week look like there? Here’s a glimpse.
Israeli police got caught teaching kids how to shoot Palestinians. Police & school staff claim they “noticed” they’d hung up pictures of people in kuffiyehs for target practice, and removed them before any children saw them. The Israeli education minister called it a “serious mishap.” This isn’t the first such incident.
Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt, Roberto Valent, has strong words on the Israeli authorities’ destruction of donor-funded classrooms in the Palestinian community of Abu Nuwar.
Israel, that “beacon of democracy,” is repressing free speech as it imprisons – and re-imprisons – young Palestinian activists. (Since the beginning of Israel’s occupation of Gaza & the West Bank, it has arrested more than 800,000 Palestinians, almost 20% of the total and about 40% of male Palestinians in the occupied territories.)
Israeli violence is a daily occurrence for Palestinians, and children are not exempt. Israeli soldiers and settlers alike are to be feared. Here are two short stories from a typical day.
Deir Nitham is invaded by Israeli soldiers frequently – this time firing teargas bombs into a school full of children. Dozens suffered from teargas inhalation.
Palestinian activists have begun rebuilding the school that was demolished by Israel on August 22. 54 other schools have also been threatened with demolition.
The Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in the PA, activists, and parents, rebuilt the Jeb Al-Theeb School east of Bethlehem, which was demolished by the Israeli occupation on August 23rd.