RAMALLAH, July 14, 2018 (WAFA) – Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and president of the Arab American University, Ali Abu Zuhri, Saturday denounced the Israeli closure of Hind Al-Husseini College in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli police reportedly shut down the educational facility until further notice, banned the holding of an academic conference, and detained 15 participants.
Abu Zuhri, in a statement, condemned this Israeli measure, maintaining that the Israeli occupation aims through such measures to obstruct the educational process and prevent the teaching of Palestinian curricula. He said Israeli authorities impose their own curriculum on several Palestinian schools and higher education facilities in occupied East Jerusalem at the expense of the development of Palestinian students‘ own national awareness.
He slammed such measure as an attempt to impose new facts on the ground aimed at changing the cultural and historical identity of Jerusalem.
He called on international organizations, particularly the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNISCO), to take actual steps to prevent the Israeli occupation from targeting educational facilities and from changing the Palestinian curricula and the educational reality in occupied Jerusalem.