In the occupied West Bank, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two more Palestinian men Saturday, both 22 years old, during a raid on a refugee camp near the city of Tulkarem. Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian elementary school in the village of Jabbet al-Dhib, near Bethlehem, Sunday. The European Union, which funded the school, condemned its destruction and called on Israel to halt all demolitions and evictions. This is student Mohammed Ibrahim.
Mohammed Ibrahim: “We got ready to come to school. And when we arrived, we didn’t find the school. We want a school today. We want to study. If the Israeli forces will keep demolishing, we will keep building. We want to study at our school. It was a nice school. We want another one.”
Here in the U.S., Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Betty McCollum reintroduced a bill Friday that would bar U.S. aid to Israel from being used to detain Palestinian children, as well as military activities that lead to the “further unilateral annexation” of the occupied West Bank. The bill is backed by 17 Democrats.
Meanwhile, the World Food Programme says it will suspend food aid to over 200,000 Palestinians starting next month because of funding shortages.