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THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION UNDER OCCUPATION: A CASE STUDY OF THE ARAB ORPHAN SCHOOL, EAST JERUSALEM

THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION UNDER OCCUPATION: A CASE STUDY OF THE ARAB ORPHAN SCHOOL, EAST JERUSALEM

The continuing Israeli occupation significantly impedes education in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). As noted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education: “military occupations are another appreciable curb on the human right to education, the most egregious example being the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” There is substantial evidence that Israel is failing in its duties under international human rights and humanitarian law with regard to education. UNICEF has reported that 144 schools in the OPT were disrupted during the 2005/2006 highlighting academic year as a result of Israeli military activities, resulting in the disturbance of schooling for 64,712 students and 2,470 teachers. Research conducted in 2004 revealed that 226,000 children in 580 schools found going to school “impossible, irregular or very risky.”

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