Israel: schools on strike

bombed out school

Schools in the Kiryat Shmona area of northern Israel are on strike for the sixth day today due to safety concerns.

Submitted by Mike Harman on October 24, 2006

Parents have kept their children home from school and nursery assistants and cleaners are also on strike.

A spokesman from the Kiryat Shmona parents' union said "There are 5,000 students at home in Kiryat Shmona and no one in the State of Israel cares. During the war there were promises. When the war ended they forgot about us."

Parents said that the schools were promised additional funding during the war to repair damage from rocket attacks. Much of the work has not been completed, and municipality cleaners have not been paid, so have refused to clean the schools since Sunday last week.

Meanwhile, the teachers' strike in Palestine is continuing. 165,000 civil servants have not been paid by the Hamas controlled Palestinian Authority since March, and are on strike indefinitely, with many commentators expecting the strike to last for the duration of the school year. See previous libcom coverage from September and August