'Israeli occupation forces demolished two school buildings in the Abu Nuwwar community on 4 February, located in the so-called E1 area of the occupied West Bank, east of Jerusalem.
The destruction leaves more than 25 children in the third and fourth grades without a place to learn.
“The demolition of educational buildings is one of the means Israel uses in its attempt to expel Palestinian communities from their homes, so that it can concentrate the residents in enclaves and use the territory for its own needs,” the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem stated.
On 13 December occupation forces posted a destruction order in the fourth grade classroom, according to B’Tselem, and the demolition proceeded Sunday despite the fact that a legal case over the order was ongoing.
Photos posted on Twitter by Palestinian media show children sitting amid the rubble of their demolished school.
One of them holds a sign that says, “I have the right to learn. No to demolishing my school. We are the children of Abu Nuwwar.”
The school was built with funding from the European Union and the Palestinian Authority in September, but neither have done anything to hold Israel accountable for the destruction of the classrooms.
This is in keeping with the EU’s inaction over the tens of millions of dollars of projects it has funded that Israel has destroyed in recent years.
The EU made no statement condemning the demolition.
This is the fifth time Israel has demolished that school. It has been rebuilt every time with the help of funds from the EU and nongovernmental organizations, according to Reuters.
The bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, COGAT, stated that “the building was built illegally and without the necessary permits.”'
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