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.
Israeli forces destroyed three Palestinian schools for children in the occupied West Bank, just days before start of school year, as part of an ongoing attack on education in Palestine.
Israeli soldiers invaded the Industrial Orphanage School in the Old City in East Jerusalem. The soldiers violently searched the school and interrogated many orphans…