Israel plans to close UNRWA schools in occupied East Jerusalem

The United Nations refugee agency for Palestinians said Israeli authorities did not inform the group of a plan regarding shutting down UNRWA-run schools in occupied East Jerusalem. The state’s National Security Council will revoke permits allowing UNRWA schools to operate starting next school year. The schools will be replaced by schools run by the Jerusalem municipality, supported by Israel’s education ministry. “UNRWA’s existence in Jerusalem is not a gift from Israel,” Sami Meshasha, the spokesperson for the agency said.