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We are aware that Palestinians in the West Bank, and especially Area C, have encountered various difficulties in accessing education, including restrictions on movement and/or inability to get planning permission for schools. These problems were highlighted in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report “West Bank Movement and Access Update” published in August.
While we have not received any reports into access to education specifically for the Bedouin population, we are aware of the risk of demolition of the school building in the village of Khan al Ahmar, which is used by children from the Jahalin Bedouin community. The UK funds the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to provide legal assistance and advice to Palestinians to help them understand and defend their housing, land and property rights. As part of this programme the NRC is providing legal representation to the village of Khan al Ahmar to prevent the demolition of the school and houses. The British embassy in Tel Aviv has also made representations to Israeli Ministers, requesting that the demolition should not proceed.