Israeli Army Raids Campuses of Two Primary Schools in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, April 14, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli armed forces Thursday raided the campuses of two Palestinian primary schools in the town of al-Khader to the south of Bethlehem, according to witnesses.

One of the teachers informed WAFA that an Israeli military force broke into the schools’ campuses during the lunch period for no specific reason, spreading fear and panic among students.

Faculty members at both schools reportedly fended off the Israeli raid and forced them out of the schools.

Israeli forces often target schools and other educational facilities; Israel tends to use force against students and teaching staff in violation of international law.

According to the Global Research website, “The Israeli violations practiced against the Palestinian educational process had notably increased in 2015.”

According to a report issued by Quds Press, “53,998 Palestinian male and female students and 3,840 Palestinian male and female teachers, as well as a number of the staff of the Palestinian Ministry of Education and its institutions, were subjected to attacks by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during the last year; these attacks included killing, wounding, arrests and detentions, as well as house arrests, restriction of movement at checkpoints and denial of safe access to schools.”

“255 Palestinian schools were subjected to attacks by the Israeli occupation and the settlers, the Israelis attacks against Palestinian schools included, incursions, shooting and bomb attacks, causing material losses, in addition to disabling the educational process completely or partially.”

Regarding the attacks on schools, data issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Education showed that 54 schools had been subjected to the Israeli occupation’s violations, during which tear gas canisters, sound bombs and bullets were fired toward the school yards and classrooms, as well as beating teachers and students severely, and storming the school yards.

The Israeli practices against the educational process in Palestine resulted in, according to the ministry’s report, the cancellation of 9,322 courses, as well as the delivery of orders to stop the work in two schools.