JERUSALEM (dpa) – A fire at a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem is being termed a case of arson targeting a symbol of coexistence between the two cultures, reported Israeli Radio.
No injuries were reported after three fire crew teams were called in to extinguish the flames. However, heavy damage was reported in one classroom, with light damage in others.
Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron spoke of a “malicious and abominable attack that shook the anchors or Israeli democracy,” in comments aired by Israeli Radio.
The fire was ignited on Saturday. There was a strong odor of petrol at the site. Slogans like “There is no coexistence with cancer” were also found, written in Hebrew, on the school’s walls. There are no suspects.
The bilingual school is designed to champion integration, with Jewish and Muslim pupils learning side by side. That is unusual in Israel, where Jews, Muslims and Christians often attend separate schools.