Israeli forces last night raided a Palestinian school for orphans in occupied East Jerusalem, searching the building for hours after calling the school principal to open the gate.
The Islamic school of Dar Al-Aytam is a boarding school that provides education and vocational training for Palestinian orphan children from different parts of occupied West Bank. The Israeli occupation forces searched the administration offices, causing damages to its files and properties.
They also raided the Palestinian Ministry of Education’s district office in occupied East Jerusalem. The ministry condemned the incident saying it’s a breach of international law and a violation of the privacy of educational entities.
Palestinian schools in the occupied West Bank face regular attacks by the occupation forces and settlers. Earlier this month, the Israeli army confiscated a tent used as a school administration room in the Jordan Valley. In another incident, Israeli settlers pumped sewage in to a Palestinian school in Qalqiliya, north of occupied West Bank.
According to UN OCHA, 44 Palestinian schools in occupied West Bank are under the threat of demolition by the occupation authorities, affecting some 3,700 students.