EU Heads of Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah visited the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The diplomats met representatives of Palestinian families living under the threat of eviction. They were also briefed on the educational situation and the challenges facing Palestinian students and schools.
The delegation visited also two schools in the area. They were briefed by the school administration on the situation in the schools.
The EU and it Member States support the right to education. The EU Human Rights and Democracy Strategy for 2016-2020 identified the Rights of the Child as a priority area. Israel ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the Optional Protocol for the rights of the child in armed conflict. Israel has an obligation to protect, respect and fulfil the rights of the child, by ensuring that schools are inviolable safe spaces for children.