The first day of school in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber was marred by violence Monday morning, after dozens of masked Palestinians attempted to block the institution’s new headmistress from entering the building, and then attacked police.
According to the Arab press, the protesters were angered over the lack of services offered to the students, who they said require numerous extra classrooms and closer supervision. Upon arriving at the school to safely escort the unidentified educator, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said rocks were thrown at responding officers. During the ensuing melee, three officers were lightly wounded, with one requiring hospitalization, he said.
Police resorted to non-lethal riot dispersal methods, including firing tear gas and stun grenades, he said, adding that no arrests were made.
Due to the widespread dissatisfaction among parents in the neighborhood, four out of the eight schools in Jabal al-Mukabbir have yet to open.