Up to 100,000 Palestinian students are facing the threat of using distorted schoolbooks in occupied Jerusalem, Deputy Palestinian Education Minister Basri Saleh said on Sunday.
During a meeting held in Cairo, Basri said that the Israeli occupation has been working hard to impose the distorted Israeli narratives related to the history of Palestine and the conflict in the schoolbooks.
He also said that the Israeli occupation has been exerting efforts to impose the Israeli curriculum on Palestinian schools in occupied Jerusalem.
âJerusalem is waiting intensified efforts from us,â he told the meeting, calling on the Arab League to address the urgent educational needs of Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Palestine Post 24 further reports that Basri also stressed on the importance of facing the âcontinuous Israeli aggressionâ on Jerusalem, mainly the aggression on the Palestinian syllabus.
âThe Israeli occupation is still targeting Palestinian schools, teachers and students,â he said, noting that many of the Palestinian teachers and students had been detained and killed.
He also called for the importance of helping to maintain the UNRWA because it reflects the sustainability of the refugee issue.
In October last year, Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat,Â announcedÂ that he plans to remove the United Nationsâ agency for Palestinian refugees from occupied East Jerusalem, accusing it of âoperating illegally and promoting incitement against Israelâ.
The Jerusalem Municipality also said UN schools, which serve about 1,800 students, would be closed. The municipality did not provide a specific time schedule for the closures.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)