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Pupils sit in class at the Tire School, Khan al-Ahmar, West Bank, November 6, 2016.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Editorial // Let the Bedouin Have Their Schools

A change is occurring in Bedouin society: Parents want their kids to study as much as possible. Israel’s High Court should show civic and democratic courage and block the demolitions of Bedouin schools in the West Bank

 | Feb 04, 2018 12:41 AM

The Tire School – which has been operating in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar for eight years – and the newer and lesser known school in Al Muntar point to changes occurring in Bedouin society. Parents want their children to study as much as possible, and to learn more than they did in their own childhoods. They particularly want their daughters to study and complete their high school education.

The Bedouin, like all Palestinian residents in the West Bank, are under the civilian jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, including its law on compulsory education. However, communities lying in Area C are subject to Israel’s administrative and security control. This artificial and illogical division into categories A, B and C in the West Bank was meant to end in 1999. This did not happen, though, and Israel has persisted in prohibiting Palestinian construction in Area C, including the building of schools. Bedouin children have dropped out of school in Jericho, Al-Azariya and Abu Dis either because their parents could not afford to pay for ….

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