Despite Israeli attempts to demolish the only school of the Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Ministry of Education exceptionally opened the school year at the village school, on Monday.

More than 170 students attended, alongside their families, as Minister of Education Sabri Saydam declared the beginning of the school year at Khan al-Ahmar; several ministers and officials also attended the ceremony.

Head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, Walid Assaf, said that opening the school year at Khan al-Ahmar is crucial and strategic, as it carries a message to Israeli authorities that demolishing the village and displacing residents is not acceptable.

Arab Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi said, according to Ma’an, that this step is exceptional as it “strengthens the steadfastness” of residents against the ongoing ethnic cleansing in the area.

Meanwhile, Israeli police issued tickets and fines against journalists and Palestinians attempting to reach Khan al-Ahmar, on Monday.

Police set up a flying checkpoint on the road leading to the village.

Israeli forces had set up iron gates at the entrances of Khan al-Ahmar on Sunday, blocking all access ways to the village.

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