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Vandals Set Fire to Palestinian School in West Bank

Vandals Set Fire to Palestinian School in West Bank

Tuesday, 28 January, 2020 - 12:00
An Israeli barrier separates the Palestinian West Bank village of Eizariya and Jerusalem. (Getty Images)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Vandals set fire to a Palestinian school in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and left behind graffiti, in an attack that appears to have been carried out by Israeli settlers.

Hebrew graffiti scrawled on a wall reads: “Demolishing homes? Only of enemies," and contained a reference to a nearby settlement outpost that was recently dismantled.

Similar graffiti was left outside a mosque that was torched on the outskirts of Jerusalem last week.

Riyad Shkokani, a teacher at the school, said it is located in a village outside the West Bank town of Nablus close to the Yitzhar settlement. Yitzhar is a bastion of hard-line settlers, who in the past have clashed with Israeli forces and Palestinians.

The Israeli police said in a statement that security forces will enter the area to investigate reports of vandalism.

The attack overnight Tuesday came hours before President Donald Trump is set to announce a Middle East peace plan.

The Palestinians have already rejected the plan, which is expected to strongly favor Israel and to pave the way for it to annex large parts of the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the Jordan Valley, which accounts for about a quarter of the West Bank.

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