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Israeli forces bombed the United Nations Al Fakhoorah school in northern Gaza earlier this month, killing 42 Palestinians. A satellite channel of the same name began broadcasting this week in solidarity with the students of the Strip.
Al Fakhoora Satellite broadcast channel and website opened in the framework of an international campaign of support.
“This is a work of solidarity between the pupils of the State of Qatar and those of the Gaza Strip,” state organizers in Doha.
The aim of the initiative is to “highlight the tragic situation faced by students in the Gaza Strip,” say organizers. The sponsor is Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Misnad, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) consort for the Emir of Qatar.
Some students said that the launch of the channel and the solidarity campaign was an attempt to “sow roses amid the thorns left behind by the 22 day Israeli military aggression in the Strip.”
Organizers in Doha add that “the aim is to support the right of children to education in the Strip after the Israeli army destroyed a number of schools.”
For eight hours per day for six days programming will focus on aspects of education and what can be done to improve the situation. The affects of the closure on students is slated as one of the first issues. During the year and a half siege that preceded the major attacks students were unable to engage in studies abroad, while some eventually were after major international solidarity campaigns including for the Strip’s Fulbright Scholars.
On the sixth day of programming the day will be dedicated to fund-raising for students and schools.