The French consulate in Jerusalem has criticized the destruction by the Israeli authorities of a primary school in the occupied West Bank. Paris insists that “Palestinian children have the right to have access to education”.
On November 24, the French consulate in Jerusalem reacted strongly after the razing of a school center in the occupied Palestinian territories. “Dismay after Israel’s destruction yesterday of a school in Masafer Yata. Palestinian children have the right to have access to education,” tweeted the France account in Jerusalem.
Dismay after Israel destroyed a school in Masafer Yata yesterday. Palestinian children have the right to have access to education. https://t.co/5Kq7zvdY3K
— France in Jerusalem 🇫🇷 🇪🇺 (@FranceJerusalem) November 24, 2022
French diplomacy thus took up a tweet shared by the European Union Delegation for the Palestinians in which it is written in Arabic: “Dismayed by the news that the ISF has demolished the Sfai school funded by donors in Masafer Yatta in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a day after a diplomatic visit by several EU Member States. The right of Palestinian children to education must be respected.” In the Palestinian territories, Europe regularly finances the reconstruction of certain houses or buildings which are shortly afterwards destroyed again by the Israeli forces.
For example, the Tsahal razed a Palestinian primary school near the city of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank on November 23. Asafat, a mixed school, was destroyed in Asafat al-Fawqa, one of the villages that make up the Masafer Yatta region, whose residents are often threatened with eviction.
Several Israeli soldiers cordoned off the area as the bulldozer demolished the school. A photo published by the account of the Israeli humanitarian organization B’Selem shows a pile of ruins where the school was located.
Asafat School served students from the Palestinian communities of Asafat al-Fawqa, Asafat al-Tahta, Maghayer al-Ubaid and Tuba in the southern West Bank.
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