On October 21st 2014 the Israeli Occupation Forces issued a demolition order for a school being built in the small farming village of Samra, located in the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank. Jordan Valley Solidarity, a network of Palestinian human rights activists, has been working with the community of Samra to build a local school since 2012. The school would serve the children of five surrounding villages. One room has been built, and a second is currently in construction.
Samra and the surrounding communities are considered in Area C of the West Bank, which means that they are under complete Israeli control and military law. They are not allowed to build on their land, and face regular demolitions of their homes, and community structures. As a result, they are forced to live in makeshift shelters and tents. Their access to necessary resources and services such as water, electricity, healthcare, and education are severely restricted. Children must travel up to 60 kilometers to get to school, and face harassment and attacks by both settlers and the Israeli Army along the way. As a result many children (especially girls) are simply unable to attend school.
The Samra School will be run by the community and will focus on elementary education, as well as drama. We need your help to keep this school standing. By signing this petition you are defending the universal right to education, and encouraging Palestinian resistance to ethnic cleansing and occupation.
For more information on Samra School, Jordan Valley Solidarity, and Area C check out these links:
Interested in doing more? Take action to support the people of Samra:
-Write to your elected representatives: ask them to put pressure on the Israeli government to stop the demolition of Samra school.
-Write to the Israeli Embassy in your country and call for the protection of the Palestinian children’s right to education, and to stop the demolition of Samra School.
-Contact any organizations you are a member of (for example, Amnesty International, Trade Union, church groups) to promote awareness.
- Prime Minister of Israel
Stop the demolition of Samra School
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