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PM office: 'Israel obstructs Palestinians' right to education'

Oct. 24, 2018 4:17 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2018 4:39 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah's office strongly condemned the Israeli assault against the Palestinian fundamental right to education that is enshrined in international law.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces dismantled and seized educational caravans belonging to the school of late Marwan Majali, known as "Tahadi 10" school, in Ibziq village, in the northern West Bank district of Tubas, leaving 26 students without a place to continue learning.

Hamdallah's spokesperson, Ahmad Shami, said in a statement "This is another Israeli attack on our Bedouin communities; a shameful violation that threatens the education future of 26 Palestinian students."

"Palestinian students' right to education is being obstructed by the Israeli systematic attacks against schools and universities while the nearby Israeli settlements are funded by Israel, the Occupying Power to be expanded at the expense of the basic elements of Palestinian lives, including rights to schooling, education and healthy childhood."

Shami added "The international community, United Nations agencies, and all international education institutions must immediately intervene to halt the Israeli violations and war crimes against the Palestinian students and their education upon Article No. 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, 'Everyone has the right to education.'"

According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel "as an occupying power must ensure that the Palestinian civilians are not denied their basic human rights, including their access to education."

Shami concluded by calling on the international community to "hold Israel accountable for its ongoing crimes targeting the Palestinian communities, especially in the so-called 'Area C' that is an integral part of the State of Palestine."

"We also demand an immediate protection to our defenseless citizens and call for enforcing the Palestinian Government rights to plan and develop Area C."

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