For his part, Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Municipality, Hanna Hanania welcomed the Mayor of Glasgow and the accompanying delegation and thanked them for their continued support to Bethlehem, stressing that the project is important and will contribute to the advancement of services for children in Palestine in particular and their families in general.
Hanania spoke about the Palestinian suffering of children and prisoners of war and the displacement and demolition of homes. He expressed his hope that the project will support the children’s innocence and help them improve their information.
Director of Education, Sami Mruwwa spoke about the importance of psychological counseling for children and students, and talked about the history of the ministry since it was founded in 1994 adding that psychological counseling was not available in schools under Israeli occupation.
Mruwwa talked about the need for suffering in light of suffering of children in schools due to the occupation, mentionin as an example the students of the Taqwa School east of Bethlehem, where students pass through the Israeli checkpoints, since IOF insist on standing at the entrances to the village and the entrances of the school.
Director of Medical Services, Dr. Osama Al-Najjar, said that Palestinian children are exposed to various types of daily Israeli attacks that affect them psychologically, as he talked about the imprisonment of 450 children in the Israeli jails, pointing out that 47% of Palestinian children, according to local and international statistics, undergo oppression by the occupation that 99 percent of the psychological problems in children result from occupation.