Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration Leads to PA Investment in East Jerusalem Education

In the last year, the Palestinian Ministry of Education invested 222 million Shekels into East Jerusalem schools in comparison to 109 million shekels from the Jerusalem municipality. A Mynet report on the matter suggested that there was a renewed Palestinian effort to invest in East Jerusalem schools following President Trump’s declaration re:Jerusalem. On the other hand, because many schools in the region are not official, the municipality can only provide a maximum of 75% of the budget of a normal school.

According to Dr. Reuven Erlich, the Palestinians are also attempting to stop a rise in the number of East Jerusalem students studying the Israeli curriculum. Currently, only 5% of students there use the Israeli system. Some of the money has gone to grants supporting teachers who teach the Palestinian system.

In September 2017, Mufti of Jerusalem and the PA Sheikh Muhammad Hussein declared that it was forbidden to use the Israeli system in schools. Soon after, the Palestinian Minister of Education Sabri Saidam announced that his office would provide financial support to schools and teachers teaching the PA system.

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