Dr. Ahmed Alhussaina, Vice President of the now-destroyed al-Israa University, speaks out against Israel’s systematic targeting of Palestinian educational and cultural institutions.
On Jan. 17, the Israeli military detonated 315 mines to destroy Gaza’s last standing university, al-Israa University, located south of Gaza City. For 70 days prior, the Israelis occupied the university as a military base, posting snipers in its buildings and using it as a detention and interrogation center. According to university authorities, prior to the detonation Israeli soldiers looted the university museum, which contained 3,000 artifacts dating back as far as the Roman era. With al-Israa University’s destruction, Israel has now destroyed or damaged all of Gaza’s 12 universities, and also targeted 280 government schools and 65 UN schools, many of which were sheltering civilians when they were attacked. Al-Israa University Vice President Dr. Ahmed Alhussaina joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss Israel’s war on Gaza’s educational and cultural institutions.
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Chris Hedges: The Israeli attacks on Gaza have included systematic assaults on Gaza’s cultural and educational institutions. Israel has damaged or destroyed all 12 of Gaza’s universities. Some 280 government schools and 65 UNRWA-run schools or UN-run schools have also been destroyed or damaged, often resulting in dozens of fatalities.
About 133 remaining schools are used to shelter those displaced by the Israeli assault. More than 85% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been driven from their homes amid continued Israeli ground and air attacks that have killed more than 25,000 people,