School Could Be Out Forever for These Bedouin Kids in the West Bank

Israel wants to demolish the school in Al Muntar, with alternatives located too far away for the children to attend. Residents believe they face expulsion because of expansion plans for an adjacent settlement

Students at the only school in the Bedouin village of Al Muntar in the West Bank, January 2018.
FILE PHOTO: Students at the only school in the Bedouin village of Al Muntar in the West Bank, January 2018.Credit: \ Moti Milrod

First- to sixth-graders from the Bedouin community of Al Muntar have received a three-week reprieve. During this time, they’ll be able to study without fear that bulldozers could show up at any moment and raze their West Bank school to the ground, turning it into a pile of bricks and timber.

The reprieve – an interim injunction that freezes demolition orders previously issued by the Civil Administration – was handed down by Supreme Court Justice Uzi Vogelman last Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the demolition was scheduled to take place.

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