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)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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