Photo shows: Children at Al-Maleh school demonstrate for their right to an education.
October 25, 2021, Israeli occupation forces raided Al-Maleh school in the northern Jordan Valley and demolished a new building under construction.
The Al-Maleh school was built at the end of 2020 as part of the Right to Education Campaign. The small school has only four classrooms, filled with kindergarten and elementary students from Khirbet Al-Maleh and the neighboring communities.
To increase the capacity of the school MECA partnered with Stop the Wall Campaign to construct one more classroom and a school clinic that Israeli occupation forces demolished and confiscated.
Last week, we visited Al-Maleh and the school children brought their books and signs to a protest demanding their right to education. Please stand with these children and take action now.
The Israeli occupation has a long and violent history of destroying schools serving Palestinian Bedouin communities throughout the Jordan Valley. These include the kindergarten in Khirbet Makhoul (2013), the school in Khirbet Samra (2012), and the school in Ras Al-Tin (2020). As of 2019, the Israeli occupation had given more than 42 schools in Area C orders to be partially or totally demolished. (Created by the Oslo Accords, Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the West Bank, is under complete Israeli control. Currently, an estimated 300,00 Palestinians and 400,000 Israeli settlers live there. In addition to withholding the right to education, Israel denies Palestinians in Area C adequate water, healthcare, and other basic human rights).
Denying Palestinian children their right to education in the Jordan Valley and other parts of Area C aims to displace Palestinians in violation of international law.
MECA has teamed up with Rebuilding Alliance to advocate for the return of the two rooms and playground shade for Al-Maleh school and for the dismissal of demolition orders against other Palestinian schools by asking Congress to help.