Israel Orders Construction of Hebron School to Stop

HEBRON, September 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Wednesday ordered the construction of a school in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, to stop, according to Rateb Jabour, a local activist.

Jabour said staff from the Israeli Civil Administration broke into the Sha’b al-Batm locality in Masafer Yatta and ordered the school’s administration to stop the ongoing construction of the school. The school is already composed of caravans, but its administration had earlier this year decided to build a concrete-ceiled building to replace the caravans.

This came only two weeks after the new school year started in the West Bank and Gaza.

Masafer Yatta is a congregation of about 19 Bedouin localities located about 24 kilometers to the south of Hebron.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subject to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and army soldiers targeting their main source of living; livestock.

Operation Colomba, Nonviolent Peace Crops, has reported on multiple violations by the Israeli authorities in the area, including house demolitions, demolition of animal barns and other health facilities.

The congregation is surrounded by four illegal settlements: Ma‘oun, Karmae’l, Yaqoub Dali, and Lifna. It has therefore been a frequent target of almost weekly attacks by Israeli Jewish settlers.

Nearby Israeli military checkpoints and bypass roads allocated to Israeli settlers have restricted local Palestinians’ access to their land, workplaces and market.