ActionAid Palestine to Condemn Demolishing School in Bethlehem
On Sunday morning 7th of May 2023, the Israeli Security Forces break into the Palestinian village of Beit Ta’amer near Bethlehem city in the West Bank and fully demolished Jubet Ad Dib school. Jubet Ad Dib school had previously been supported by ActionAid Palestine (AAP) through some maintenance for the classrooms and establishing a safe space for children through installation of sunshades, fence and gates to enable students to enjoy their right to education in safe school environment.
AAP considers this demolition is an illegal measure taken by Israeli authorities under international law, and strongly condemns demolishing this school. AAP calls for an immediate halt for future demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem and urges international community to practice pressure on Israel to adhere to legal commitments towards protecting schools as an occupying power.
Demolishing this school will deny the access of 60 Palestinian students from the first to fourth grades to enjoy their right to education and deprive them from having a safe place to play and learn. The suffering of the local community will be severely impacted by this demolition and will put them at risk of forcible displacement.
This school is named with AT TAHADI 5 (CHALLENGE in English) indicating that it was demolished 5 times and it had been rebuilt after each demolition.
ActionAid in Palestine (AAP) is a part of global federation working for social justice and gender equality and eradicate poverty in more than 45 countries around the world. AAP started its work in Palestine in 2007 to strengthen the resilience of Palestinian People as ActionAid believes that they should enjoy their rights to freedom, justice and self-determination. AAP implements a number of programs through its engagement with communities and women and youth groups seeking to empower them and enhance their influential civil and political participation to understand their rights and undertake collective activism to address the protracted rights violations resulting from the prolonged occupation of Palestine. AAP works simultaneously to enhance their leadership capacity and knowledge to practice their citizenship in holding authorities and other duty bearers to account.
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