World Bulletin / News Desk
Thirty private schools in East Jerussalem face closure unless they can pay a fine of a million dollars, which has imposed by the Israeli authorities.
The Israeli Education Ministry fined dozens of Palestinian schools last year and threatened to shut down the schools if they would not pay the fines.
In September 2013, Israel also cut support for Palestinian teachers. Israel said that the punishment arises from tax payments which have not been paid by the Palestinian schools.
The schools have been struggling to pay salaries after the cuts. Parents and students now fear that they will not be able to find a new school to go next year.
CURRICULUM IS MAIN REASON
The executive of Quds Arab al-Furqan School, Sayil Mohammed Ali, said that the main reason for closing schools was the Palestinian curriculum.
Mohammed Ali said that the Palestinian schools do not use books published by Israel, and instead use books published by the Palestinian Authority.
"Israel aims to seize our schools and give an education that serves in line with Israeli interests. If we do not pay the fines, 30 schools will be closed next year," he added.
Al-Furqan primary school must find a million of dollars to prevent the shutting down. The school management now await a helping hand for their school.