Israel closes down official Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem

PNN/ Jerusalem/

The Israeli occupation authorities on Wednesday closed several official and non-official Palestinian institutions in the occupied city of Jerusalem for six months.

Sources said that the Israeli police handed an order and closed the office of the Directorate of Education, banned the activities of Palestine TV in occupied Jerusalem, and arrested the director of the Arab Health Center in Jerusalem’s old city.

The occupation authorities have drawn up a decision signed by the Israeli Minister of Internal Security Gilad Ardan, to close the mentioned institutions for six months.

In addition, IOF arrested Director of Education in Jerusalem Samir Jibril, and closed down the office based in the Orphans School in in the Old City, confiscated its keys, and detained the staff of the school for several hours inside the mosque.

The Ministry of Education said in a statement on Wednesday that this attack, which coincides with the International Children’s Day, constitutes flagrant violation of all international conventions, customs, rights, charters and laws, especially the right to education, international humanitarian law, and comes as a clear targeting of the sanctity of educational institutions and an attempt of the occupation to control the educational system in Jerusalem.

The ministry pointed out that this directorate office serves about 100,000 students and follow-up affairs, and that the closure will leave dozens of schools and thousands of students without follow-up.