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Palestinians and Their Educational Challenges


I believe we are all aware of the ongoing tragedy taking place in Palestine amidst the current Israel-Palestine conflict.


For many years, Israel has repeatedly infringed upon the right to education for Palestinians, with numerous incidents affecting the education sector. These incidents include attacks or threats of violence targeting schools, delays caused by checkpoints, the presence of the military at school entrances, designated military zones, the use of live ammunition and tear gas in and around schools, searches of school premises, confiscation of educational materials, detentions of both students and school staff, acts of violence related to settlers, and the demolition of schools with accompanying stop-work orders. Israel's actions have obstructed the development of the Palestinian education system. Surprisingly, Israel has not been held accountable for these violations of the Palestinian right to education or any other breaches.


These transgressions significantly contribute to the creation of obstacles for Palestinian education, rendering it challenging for them to attain high-quality education within a secure setting. Currently, the very thought of Palestinian children or parents considering school attendance is precluded due to circumstances beyond their control.


I believe it's reasonable to assert that the inequality in the education that Palestinian children receive, in comparison to children worldwide, is unfair. As an illustration, there's a video I came across on Instagram recently, where a father shares a heartbreaking story. In the video, the father talks about his son, who expressed his desire to save money for a bike and a phone. The father promised to fulfill his wishes if he performed well in his exams. Tragically, due to the ongoing conflict, the son lost his life. It's important to highlight that the child had aspirations of saving money for some personal items, while his father aspired for his son to achieve something greater with his education.

What is your guys' take on education in Palestine with the on going conflict?


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The ongoing conflict in Palestine is heartbreaking, particularly witnessing young children trapped under rubble. You're right in highlighting how the dire situation has severely disrupted Palestinian children's education, with Israel impeding their right to learn. Urgent international action is crucial, urging Israel to cease attacks. Palestinians, especially children, deserve the chance to access education and support to overcome trauma amid these horrifying circumstances. Gaza requires immediate support and intervention to mitigate this heart-wrenching situation, the suffering and loss of lives brought about by the genocide being carried out


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I can't shake the images of Palestinian suffering from my mind—especially the little children I recently saw on Instagram living in dire conditions. Reports from doctors about a generation of Palestinian children growing up without limbs have haunted me. The thought of their childhood, and the lasting impact these circumstances will have on their futures, weighs heavily on my heart.

These children don't ask for much—just the chance to access education, the opportunity for psychological support, and ways to overcome the tremendous trauma they're enduring. Consider the experience of hearing about the loss of every single family member; there are children enduring this reality every day. It's heartbreaking to ponder who serves as their protector and who will care for…

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It is unjust that these children won't have the same opportunities as their peers worldwide. The lasting impact of the ongoing conflict means they may never realize their full potential. Even when this tragedy concludes, the challenges faced during Israel's attacks will likely cast a shadow over their perception of education, leaving a lasting negative impact on their mindset towards schooling.


In the face of such distressing realities, it becomes important for the global community to unite in support of initiatives that provide education, psychological assistance, and the basic necessities for these vulnerable children. Together, I feel like we can strive to bring about positive change and work towards a future where every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the…

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As a boy who grew up in a city facing its own set of challenges, I understand the impact that a secure and nurturing educational environment can have on a child's aspirations. The story of the Palestinian father and his son's dreams highlights not only the personal tragedy but also the systemic injustices that hinder the potential for a better future through education. The lack of accountability for these violations further compounds the injustice. How can we, as a global community, stand by when the right to education is repeatedly infringed upon, and those responsible are not held accountable? It calls for a collective reflection on our shared responsibility to ensure that every child, regardless of their background, has the…

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Raising awareness about educational challenges in regions affected by war is crucial. Utilizing social media platforms to shed light on these issues plays a significant role in our collective contribution to addressing these challenges.

I feel that education is a fundamental right that lays the foundation for a better future. It's important to highlight the fact that denying education to children in war zones robs them of opportunities, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and instability. Education is an investment in the future stability and prosperity of these regions.

I feel that by fostering awareness, supporting initiatives that champion education in vulnerable regions, and holding decision-makers accountable, we can contribute to creating a world where every child's right to education is…


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Shamsa Kanwal
Shamsa Kanwal
Nov 16, 2023

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a devastating impact on the education of Palestinian children. As you've rightly pointed out, Israel has repeatedly infringed upon the right to education for Palestinians, with numerous incidents affecting the education sector. These incidents have created a climate of fear and uncertainty that has made it extremely difficult for Palestinian children to attend school and receive a quality education. The international community has a responsibility to take action to protect the right to education for Palestinian children. This includes calling on Israel to end its attacks on schools and educational institutions and to allow Palestinian teachers and students to move freely and safely to and from school. It also means providing…

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You've said it perfectly.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has indeed raised significant concerns about the impact on the education of Palestinian children. The reported infringements upon the right to education for Palestinians are deeply troubling, and the resulting fear and uncertainty make it clear that urgent attention is needed to address the challenges faced by the education sector in the region. Like every child around the world, Palestinian children deserve the same rights to education as well.

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The current conflict affects the muslims on a personal level, as all of these in the muslim faith are labelled as the beginning g of the end. The religious aspect aside, whatever is even happening in the zone has crossed all boundaries of human rights violations and no person of power is willing to act in response to it. The emotional father is just as triggering as the kids stuck in the rubble as they all describe the same thing: the atrocities happening with them.

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I agree that this current conflict affects muslims on a personal level but I also feel that this genocide isn't about religion anymore. It's about basic principles and I feel that every human should be in support of ending this atrocity. Like you said, it has crossed all boundaries of human rights and those who aren't in support of Palestine, urgently need to be educated. If Palestine was ever doing this to Israel, majority of the world would've waged war against them so why is the world so silent right now?

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