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ISRAEL CLOSES PALESTINIAN SCHOOL IN EAST JERUSALEM

Occupied East Jerusalem suffers from severe shortage of classrooms and Palestinians students are obliged to travel to West Bank in order not to miss classes

After Israeli occupation had shut down their school, Palestinian students in East Jerusalem attended class in the street on Sunday.

In 2016, Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem received less than half the funds that the Israeli Jerusalem municipality transferred to Jewish schools in West Jerusalem

After Israeli occupation had shut down their school, Palestinian students in East Jerusalem attended class in the street on Sunday.

On Thursday, the Israeli occupation authorities closed the Palestinian elementary school Al-Nukhba (elite in Arabic) in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir.

Israeli authorities claimed that the school syllabus incites against the Israeli authorities and Jews -a claim the school has completely denied.

The students and their teachers said that they attended this class as a form of a protest against the Israeli closure of their school.

Headmaster of the School Luay Bkirat, who was investigated by the Israeli occupation, denied the claims that his school incites against the Israeli authorities and Jews.

“Our school teaches the Palestinian curriculum being taught at all schools in Jerusalem and that no one of the Palestinian teachers at these schools had ever been investigated over incitement allegations,” he said.

Bkirat condemned the decision and said that he would “conduct procedures to stop this decision which aims to destroy education.”

Israeli newspaper Times of Israel reported that the school was shut down for being a “Hamas front,” after a months-long joint probe by the Israeli education ministry, Israeli Jerusalem police and Israeli intelligence, the Shin Bet.

Palestinian children in Jerusalem suffer from routine Israeli interference and political pressure to replace Palestinian curricula with an Israeli one in occupied East Jerusalem, where full Israeli military and civil control deprives students from proper and secure educational services.

A 2016 report by Israeli daily Haaretz also said that Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem received less than half the funds that the Jerusalem municipality transferred to Jewish schools in West Jerusalem.

In 2011, the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) report that due to the lack of some levels of education in Sur Bahir, tens of Palestinian students are being forced to attend schools in neighbouring villages.

(Source / 26.02.2017)

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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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