Serious escalation of attacks by Israeli settlers

In a statement issued on August 13, 2023, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly condemned the latest attacks by Israeli settlers against two Palestinian schools in the occupied West Bank. Acts considered to be acts of terrorism. Schoolchildren are targets of Israeli settlers and police. A serious Zionist aggression that is already affecting the poor little Palestinians. Two Palestinian Bedouin schools in Ras al-Tin and al-Tahadi, both located east of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, were attacked by groups of Israeli settlers. “This terrorism against Palestinian schools is part of what has become the behavior of settlers and their organized terrorist gangs,” the ministry said in its statement.

Such acts of terrorism against Palestinian schools and their students are the result of the extremist positions and statements of far-right Israeli ministers, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, who support the settlers and their terrorist attacks, which in particular are considered very serious, he said. The ministry said Sunday’s attacks on two Palestinian schools, one of which is already on the occupation regime’s demolition list, were carried out under the direct protection and support of Israeli forces. The ministry condemned the settler militias and their terrorist elements and organizations who stormed the Ras Al-Teen school east of Ramallah, threatened with demolition by the Israeli occupation authorities, and smashed its windows .

“This is a serious escalation of settler attacks against Palestinian educational institutions,” he said. The Tahadi school in the Bedouin community of Wadi Al-Siq east of Ramallah was not spared as settlers damaged its contents, under the protection of occupying forces, in a dangerous escalation of attacks and targeting of Palestinian educational institutions, especially those located in areas classified as “C”, which are threatened with seizure, and which are subject to the worst forms of ethnic cleansing, as is the case in Masafer Yatta and in the Jordan Valley.

Further indicating that such attacks are part of Israel’s attempts to Judaize and annex the West Bank and to combat all forms of Palestinian national and humanitarian existence. It holds the Israeli regime fully responsible for the targeting of Palestinian educational institutions, calling on the international community, in particular the United Nations and its educational body, Unesco, to assume their responsibilities in protecting Palestinian educational institutions, guarantee their right to education and access to their studies in safety and security, and to freedom of movement, as a fundamental principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The ministry also condemned the continued assault on the town of Sebastia and its archaeological area in Nablus by the occupying forces and settler militias, as well as the firing of bullets and tear gas canisters at citizens in a attempt to seize the archaeological area. It should be noted that Israel occupied the West Bank in a Western-backed war in 1967 and has dotted the territory with illegal settlements ever since. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live in more than 230 settlements built on the occupied territories that the Palestinians want to liberate as part of their future independent state. The entire international community regards Israeli settlements as illegal under international law and the Geneva Conventions due to their construction on occupied land, it was reported.

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