Israeli soldiers prevented, Saturday, a celebration held at the Young Muslim Women School, in occupied Jerusalem, honoring retired Palestinian teachers from the city, with the participation of Palestinian Education Minister Dr. Sabri Saidam.

Dr. Saidam said the soldiers declared the school, and the area around it, a closed military zone, and forced the participants out, in addition to preventing many others from entering, and summoned several Palestinians for interrogation.

“This incident is part of Israel’s ongoing violations against the Palestinian people, and their educational system,” the Minister stated, “They are waging a war against our schools, our books, our right to education, and even our right to celebrate.”

Dr. Saidam called on the international community, legal and human rights groups, and the media to expose Israel’s escalating violations, and to aid the Palestinians in achieving their historic and legitimate rights of liberation and independence.