Arab terrorists bombed the American School in Gaza on Thursday, following US President Bush’s demands that the PA give up terrorism.
Three men reportedly fired a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the second floor of the school on Thursday morning, shortly before students arrived for classes.
The school’s security guards had been told to leave the premises prior to the attack. They complied and the school’s art facility was destroyed.
The U.S.-funded school is located near the village of Beit Lahiya. Most of its American teachers left Gaza when Hamas came to power, fearing attack. The students at the school come from wealthy families and classes take place in English. Many will study at American universities after graduation.
This is the second time this year that the school has been attacked. Last April, the facility was set on fire by arsonists, while prior to that, an American guest and two teachers at the school were kidnapped and later released.
The school’s principle Ribhi Salem pleaded with local terrorists not to attack the school, saying it is fully licensed by the Hamas-run Palestinian Authority in Gaza and is not associated with the American government beyond receiving funding from the US State Department. "The school's staff and students are all Palestinians, and it is licensed by the Ministry of Education,” Salem said. “Its mission is purely educational with nothing to do with politics."
The school’s web site declares: “We are all extremely proud to be a part of the vision for the future of Palestine.”
Classes were cancelled as a result of the attack.