New York: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted on Sunday that at least 45 schools in Palestine were facing the threat of destruction by the Israeli authority.
In a statement, the OCHA acting Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories Roberto Valent pointed out that a Palestinian school in East Jerusalem was destroyed by Israeli soldiers.
“The demolition was carried out on the grounds of lack of Israeli-issued permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain."
“As in Abu Nuwar, hundreds of children attending one of at least 45 schools in the West Bank (37 in Area C" and 8 in East Jerusalem) with pending demolition orders are living in instability, with the specter of school demolition ever-present, threatening their access to education,” Valent said in the statement.
According to the statement, Israeli soldiers destroyed two classrooms serving 26 Palestinian school children in the Bedouin and refugee community of Abu Nuwar, located in Area C on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
The education of the children at the school was financed by the European Union; it said noting that the demolition happened without permission.
"Abu Nuwar is one of the most vulnerable communities in need of humanitarian assistance in the occupied West Bank.
"The conditions it faces also represent those of many Palestinian communities, where a combination of Israeli policies and practices – including demolitions and restricted access to basic services, such as education have created a coercive environment that violates the human rights of residents and generates a risk of forcible transfer.
"This is the sixth demolition or confiscation incident in Abu Nuwar school by the Israeli authorities since February 2016", Valent added.
Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator and secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said in a tweet after the demolition of third and fourth-grade classrooms in Abu Nuwar Bedouin Community on Sunday that the destruction is “the continuation of Israel’s humiliation of International law and only aims to break the Palestinian will for freedom and life.”
He said that it is “time for the international community to hold Israel accountable. Actions speak louder than words.”
Israel demolished the two classrooms claiming they were built without a permit, which Palestinians can never obtain from the Israeli military government that controls almost 60 percent of the area of the West Bank referred to as Area C. Abu Nuwar school is located east of Jerusalem in Area C.
The 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and Palestine has divided West Bank into the area ‘A,’ ‘B’ and ‘C.’
The administrative and security authority of the area A was given to Palestine while the administration of area B was given to Palestine and security to Israel and in area C areas both management and security were provided by Israel.
The 700-persons Abu Nuwar Bedouin community, who are in area C, refused to leave their villages despite continuous threats and pressures from the Israeli authority.
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