Israel demolishes illegally-built schools funded by EU

EU funds construction of kindergartens built without seeking proper permits.

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Israel demolished two Arab schools which were illegally constructed with money provided by the European Union, AFP reported.

On Monday, a kindergarten structure in a Bedouin Arab community in eastern Judea was confiscated. Additionally, a small primary school was demolished in southern Judea.

Solar panels used to power a third school were also removed.

Children are due to return to school next Wednesday after the summer holidays.

Israeli officials say the structures did not have proper permits.

Many similar illegal projects are built by European NGOs with funding from the European Union.

The EU, in a statement, expressed "strong concern about the recent confiscations of Palestinian school structures undertaken by Israel in Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank."

"Every child has the right to safe access to education and states have an obligation to protect, respect and fulfill this right, by ensuring that schools are inviolable safe spaces for children."

COGAT, the Israeli agency that oversees civilian affairs in Judea and Samaria territories, said in a statement to AFP the buildings were built without the necessary permits.