Published: 2017-08-23 12:54
Last Updated: 2017-08-23 13:40
Just one day before kids returned to school, Israeli police banned the delivery of school books printed with the logo of the Palestinian Authority to Palestinian schools within the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, reported Maan News.
Israeli police stationed outside the walled holy site and prevented textbooks from passing through to schools, including the Al-Aqsa Sharia School for Girls, whose headmaster, Ahad Sabri, said they were still waiting for 100 textbooks destined for seventh and twelve-year graders.
According to Wafa news agency, the books were set to be delivered to five schools and a kindergarten.
This isn’t the first time Israeli authorities have prevented educational materials from passing through, according to Sabri. Last week, Israeli police, prevented a scanner from being delivered to a girls’ school.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, encouraged Palestinian schools to switch from their own curriculums to the Israeli curriculum by offering financial aid in return.
Jerusalem has been at the centre of Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades now and Palestinians are saying threatening the Arab-Islamic culture and heritage is a part of the Judaizing Jerusalem campaign.