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Islamic Christian Commission condemns Israel’s closure of Jerusalem school

Palestinian Bedouin children wait in line before they enter classrooms at the only school in the region 'Itarat School' in Khan al-Ahmar region of Jerusalem on 16 July, 2018 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Bedouin children wait in line before they enter classrooms at the only school in the region 'Itarat School' in Khan al-Ahmar region of Jerusalem on 16 July, 2018 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

The Islamic Christian Commission to support Jerusalem and Holy Sites has condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision to close the Al Qadisiyah School in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Commission said the Israeli decision targets the educational process as well as the future of a generation of students inside the Old City and aims to advance Judaisation schemes targeting the school and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Commission Secretary-General, Hanna Issa, considered the closure a prelude to the implementation of the Israeli authorities’ decision to close UNRWA institutions in the occupied city of Jerusalem, especially education and health services.

Issa held the international community responsible for the Israeli violations in Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian sanctities because of its continued silence in the face of such attacks.

Some 385 Palestinian students are enrolled in Al Qadisiyah School. Israeli occupation authorities have ruled that it will not reopen in the next school year which begins in September.

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