PA condemns Israeli demolition of school in Hebron

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-05 23:56:26|Editor: yan
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RAMALLAH, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian Authority condemned on Wednesday the Israeli demolition of a school in the southern West Bank city of Hebron and called on the world to bear its responsibilities towards "the endless daily Israeli violations."

The PA Ministry of Higher Education in Ramallah said in a press statement that the international community "should bear its responsibilities towards the Israeli violations against the Palestinian education establishments in the West Bank."

Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli military authorities demolished a school called al-Tahadi 13 (Challenge 13) school in the city and declared the area of the school "a closed military zone," according to Palestinian media reports.

"The demolition of the school interprets the real meaning of the organized terror practiced by Israel against educational establishments and represents an awful crime added to the series of escalating measures against education," said the statement.

The school was demolished just few days before its inauguration in the Palestinian city, said the statement, adding "demolishing the school before opening it won't break our pupils' determination to carry on with education."

Muhanad Masalameh, the public relations coordinator in the governorate of Hebron, said that Israeli army bulldozers demolished the school that was scheduled to be opened within the coming two days, adding that the school consists of seven classes.

The PA built up the school in area (C) which is still under the Israeli jurisdiction, and the aim of building up a school in the area was to enable pupils living in devastated areas to receive a proper education, he said.

Meanwhile, the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the international community to act properly and as immediately as possible "to protect the Palestinian people from the endless daily Israeli violations and its aggressive policies against them."

Under the interim Oslo Accords signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel in 1993, the West Bank is divided into three zones: A, B and C, with area (A) being under Palestinian control, (B) under Israeli security coordination and Palestinian administrative control and (C) under full Israeli control.

Israel claimed that the school was demolished because it was built on a territory that is under its full control and the school was built up without requesting a permission from the Israeli authorities.