The European Union (EU) missions, in Jerusalem and Ramallah, released a statement Thursday, condemning Israelâ€™s demolition of the al-Tahadi 13 school in al-Simiya village, Maan reported.
The school, located in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, destroyed by Israeli authorities, December 5, 2018 , was the 5th school in 2018 to be demolished in the occupied West Bank, according to the EU mission statement.
The EU missions indicated their â€śstrong concernâ€ť about the Al-Tahadi school demolition, stating that it served 40 schoolchildren from grades 1-6. Since the school is located in Area C, Israel has full military and administrative control.
The statement went on to say that â€śevery child has the right to access education and states have an obligation to protect, respect, and fulfill this right, by ensuring that schools are inviolable safe spaces for children.â€ť
Under international humanitarian law, Israel, as the occupying power, has an obligation to protect the civilian population. The EU statement implored the authorities to â€śhalt demolitions and confiscation of Palestinian houses and propertyâ€ť.
The Jerusalem and Ramallah based missions from the EU enjoined the Israeli occupying powers, â€śto rebuild the school structures in the same place without delay.â€ť