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On Thursday 27th November Action Palestine dropped a banner from a bridge over Oxford Road, which read “ISRAEL: END OCCUPATION, ALLOW EDUCATION”. The banner was part of Action Palestine’s Right to Education Week , which aimed to drew attention to the denial of Palestinians’ right to education due to the illegal Israeli occupation.
Sara Mahmoud, a fourth year Physics and Theoretical Physics student, said: “The banner encapsulates the core message of Action Palestine’s Right to Education Week; unless Israel ends its occupation of Palestine, generations of Palestinian young people will be denied their fundamental human right to knowledge and self-development.”
Palestinian students face numerous obstacles; for instance, checkpoints, border closures, economic isolation, detention and harassment . This obstruction to education in the West Bank and Gaza strip is not only a violation of the basic human right to education, but an orchestrated means of undermining and crippling the development of Palestinian society as a whole. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – ratified by Israel in 1991 – underlines the fact that “Education is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realizing other human rights” .