Minister: “Israelization” of Palestinian education declaration of war
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Palestinian Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Sabri Saydam, slammed Israeli attempts to “Israelize” education at Palestinian schools and restrict funds to those applying an Israeli curriculum. Speaking in an exclusive statement to the PIC, Saydam said the Israeli occupation has waged a Judaization war on the Palestinian intellectual and cultural identity in Occupied Jerusalem. “The Israeli procedures and education policies at Jerusalem schools represent a flagrant violation of Palestinians’ human rights and of the international law, which binds the occupation authorities to preserve the nature and idiosyncrasy of the occupied people’s education,” said the minister. According to Saydam, the Israeli occupation has been taking advantage of its financial power to Judaize education and impose an Israeli vision on Palestinian schools. “But such tactics shall never see the day thanks to Palestinians’ commitment to their cultural and linguistic identity,” he added. Saydam also said practical steps have been underway to minimize the upshots of such Israeli schemes, including raising funds for schools, providing Jerusalemites’ with 10% of academic scholarships abroad, facilitating admission requirements, and boosting financial support for those enrolling at Jerusalem schools. 20% of the general budget for 2016 will be allocated to education, Saydam further stated. “We have to try every possible effort to bring such Judaization schemes to a halt. There is no more time left for words,” he concluded.
(Source / 08.08.2016)