JERUSALEM, Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (WAFA) – Staff of the Israeli Ministry of Education today inspected the bags of Palestinian students in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina in search of Palestinian textbooks, according to WAFA correspondent.
She said that the Ministry staff inspected the bags of the students of al-Iman School and al-Ibrahimia School in the neighborhood, looking for Palestinian curricula.
The schools administrations called for a sit-in in protest against the inspection of the students’ bags, which forms an integral part of the wider measures taken by the Israeli MOE to impose the Israeli curriculum and falsify the historical narrative.
The Palestinian Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs denounced the raid of the school and searching the bags of the students, describing it as “intellectual terrorism that is condemned by all international laws.”
At the end of July 2022, the Israeli Ministry of Education approved the revocation of permanent licenses for Palestinian schools in occupied Jerusalem because of what it purportedly described as "incitement against the state and the army in textbooks."
Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton threatened to revoke the license of every educational institution that contains its curricula in incitement to "the State of Israel and its symbols."
This came after a series of inspections of these schools carried out by the Control and Enforcement Department of the Israeli Ministry, which amounted to selecting books from students' bags inside the classroom and summoning school principals to a listening committee.
The Ministry ended up revoking the permanent operating licenses of six schools and replacing it with a temporary one for a year, during which the school worked to remove some of the content as a condition for returning the license.
The schools affected are the Abrahamic College in the al-Sawana neighborhood, founded in 1931, and the Faith Schools, with its five branches throughout occupied al-Quds, founded in 1984.