The morning roll call will be a particularly morbid affair on the first day of school in Gaza this Sunday. Hundreds of students, killed in the recent fighting, will be forever marked absent.
Many students are too badly injured or maimed to attend the first day of school. And thousands of students will need to adjust to sharing schools that escaped damage, because their old school now lies in rubble or remains a shelter for displaced families.
According to the United Nations and Gaza’s Ministry of Education, 228 school buildings were damaged to varying degrees during the latest fighting—143 government schools, 75 schools run by the UN, and 10 private schools – including 26 severely damaged or destroyed.
Priorities right now include clearing school buildings of any leftover explosive remnants from the fighting, and ensuring that displaced families living inside many dozens of schools find suitable alternative shelter. Textbooks and furniture will also need to be quickly replaced.
Gaza’s schools were already overstretched before the fighting, with a shortage of almost 200 schools. Around 90 percent of schools will now be running on a double shift, cutting each student’s school hours to just four hours each day. The school year is already starting three weeks late, and students will have weeks of psycho-social counselling and support before they are ready to study the regular curriculum. These students face tough challenges if they are to catch up with their compatriots in the West Bank in time for competitive exams next year.
Photo: A damaged classroom in the Jabalya girls school in Gaza. At least 10 Israeli munitions hit in and around the school on July 30, 2014, while more than 3,200 people were sheltering there. The attack killed 20 people. © 2014 Anne Paq/Human Rights Watch
‘We cast terror into the hearts of unbelievers:’ Extreme anti-Islam posters to cover New York subway stations next week
Anti-Islam posters with depictions of the World Trade Towers in flames will be plastered around 50 different New York MTA stations beginning December 17.
The $10,000-plus campaign is part of an ongoing campaign by Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
While previous posters, which read “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” were vandalized within an hour when they were put up in September, Geller told the New York Observer that she’s now prepared. Geller has made twice as many posters.
“I refuse to abridge my free speech so as to appease savages,” she said.
LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE! Now, tell me who are the real terrorists.
No offense but makes sense
How can you say ‘No offense’ when posting something that is clearly meant to be offensive, racist, and hateful? No matter what side of this issue you happen to fall any respectable human being must always understand that the ‘other’ side are human too. They are human, they bleed red blood, and they die when you drop bombs on their homes. When it becomes possible to ‘teach’ ignorant followers like yourself that something like this IS offensive and wrong, then the world will be a slightly better place. Have a nice day.
As silence toward their case continues , Ayman Sharawna has been on an open hunger strike since 1 July 2012 , today marks his 147th day of striking while Samer Al-Issawi has been intermittently on hunger strike since 1 August 2012, today marks his 115th day of striking .
Ayman was re-arrested…
Lowkey: Million Man March
My song of choice to honor all the Palestinians dying right now at the hands of the Israeli military. I have nothing to offer but my thoughts and my voice.
its really hard to be worried on your homeland and people all the time , its so hard that you know that the end of this is not soon !
Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012.
[Credit : Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]