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Israeli forces dismantle, seize educational caravans in Tubas

Oct. 23, 2018 3:25 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 25, 2018 3:53 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dismantled and seized educational caravans, on Tuesday, belonging to the school of late Marwan Majli, known as "Tahadi 10," in the Ibziq village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas.

The educational faculty and students at the Marwan Majli Ibziq mixed school told Ma'an that they were shocked when Israeli forces closed roads leading up to the caravans and declared the area a closed military zone.

Israeli forces also prevented journalists from reaching the area.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley's Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that these educational caravans are used by Bedouin children and that "this is affirmation that Israel wants to control these areas and occupy them."

"We will fight every crime against our people and our children. We will rebuild this school again."

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Bisharat pointed out that the dismantlement and seizure of the educational caravans is an addition to a number of other crimes carried out by Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley.

The nearest school in the Tubas district is 18 km away from the Ibziq village, making it difficult for students to reach, which would eventually lead to illiteracy of Palestinian children in the area.

The Tahadi 10 school was opened this year as a donation from the family of Majali in Tubas. The school has three classrooms and consists of 26 students, from first to sixth grade.

The two caravans that were dismantled by Israeli forces were recently added to the school almost a month ago.

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank and with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C, the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967.

The unpredictability of the training drills leaves rural Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley anxious about when they will be displaced, and whether the next time will be permanent.

Palestinians in the Jordan Valley are one of the most vulnerable groups to displacement, with over 60 percent of the 6,000 Palestinians forcibly displaced since 2008 belonged to herding or Bedouin communities, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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