Israeli forces close East Jerusalem school, arrest principal and teachers

Palestine

Published: 2017-11-06 18:09

Last Updated: 2017-11-06 19:38


Students in an elementary school in the Palestinian neighborhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem, December 13, 2011. (Flash90/Kobi Gideon)
Students in an elementary school in the Palestinian neighborhood of Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem, December 13, 2011. (Flash90/Kobi Gideon)
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Israeli forces raided a school in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, detaining its principle and three other teachers before shutting it down on Monday, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Israeli soldiers reportedly raided the school, broke into classrooms while students were having class, and detained three teachers and the school principal, according to the chairman of al-Quds Committee of Students' Parents, Ziyad Al-Shamal.

The teachers and principle were taken to an interrogation and detention center in the city of Jerusalem.

The Israeli municipality shut down the school after the raid, and reportedly contacted students’ parents to tell them to transfer their children to other schools.

The school previously obtained a building permit from the Jerusalem Awqaf Department, however, the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem annulled the permit.

Teachers, students and parents have since protested the closure of the school.

Schooling for Palestinian children in East Jerusalem has come with many obstacles. According to a 2016 report by Israeli daily Haaretz, Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem received less than half the funds that the Jerusalem municipality transferred to Jewish schools in West Jerusalem.