Palestinian teacher attacked amid tensions over teachers’ strike

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teacher in Hebron was attacked with pepper spray on Wednesday morning, in what she said may have been linked to her participation in a national teachers’ protest calling for the guarantee of teachers’ rights.Nadia Abu Eisha told Ma’an she was heading to her school on Wednesday morning when a car stopped nearby and a bearded man exited.”He threatened and insulted me, and then attacked me with pepper spray,” she said. “I found water in the area, so I washed my face, and went to the hospital immediately.”Palestinian police said they had received her complaint, and would be opening an investigation to identify the assailant.Abu Eisha said she had received “many threats” on Facebook and on her phone over her support for a Palestinian teachers’ protest against the Palestinian Authority.She said she would continue to support the teachers until they secure their full rights, and the threats only gave her the “motivation to go on and support the teachers’ demands.”On Tuesday, tens of thousands of Palestinian teachers took part in demonstrations across the occupied West Bank, as a strike across public schools carried on into its third week. The teachers are seeking higher salaries, as pledged to them by the PA in a 2013 agreement that was never fulfilled.The PA on Wednesday threatened to take legal action against the teachers if they did not return to work immediately.Last month, an estimated 20,000 Palestinian teachers demonstrated in Ramallah to call for the implementation of the 2013 agreement.

(Source / 04.03.2016)

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