‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

What is truly uplifting, however, is that, despite the Israeli military Occupation and ongoing restrictions on Palestinian freedom, the Palestinian population remains one of the most educated in the Middle East.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the literacy rate in Palestine (estimated at 96.3%) is one of the highest in the Middle East and the illiteracy rate (3.7% among individuals over the age of 15) is one of the lowest in the world.

If these statistics are not heartening enough, bearing in mind the ongoing Israeli war on Palestinian school and curricula, consider this: the besieged and war-stricken Gaza Strip has an even higher literacy rate than the West Bank, as they both stand at 96.6% and 96% respectively.

Israeli writer, Orly Noy, summed up the Israeli logic in one sentence. "By destroying schools in Palestinian villages in Area C and elsewhere, Israel is forcing Palestinians to make a cruel choice – between their land and their children’s futures," she wrote earlier this year.

It is this brutal logic that has guided the Israeli government strategy regarding Palestinian education for 70 years. It is a war that cannot be discussed or understood outside the larger war on Palestinian identity, freedom, and, in fact, the very existence of the Palestinian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, it really must take a really"butch" IDF member...to harass, and attack and sometimes maim a Palestinian student!!

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