Vandalized by Israeli Soldiers

The School of Hope in Ramallah was hard hit during the Spring 2002 invasion of Israeli troops into Ramallah. Curfews were imposed during which all people had to remain at home, so no school classes could be held. During one of those curfews, a group of Israeli soldiers broke down doors to enter the empty school and did much vandalism during several hours. Neighbors could hear glass and wood breaking in the school and telephoned the pastor to keep him updated. No one could go out to inquire or protest.

The curfew continued for a few more days, but as soon as it was lifted the pastor, headmaster, staff and church members hurried to the school with cameras to record the damage and begin the clean up operation. Students and families assisted with the repairs and cleaning so that classes could resume as soon as possible. In fact, within a week the students were back in school.

The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope has continued to be a place of safety and security for the children. During the very difficult months of Spring 2002, when Israeli army incursions and patrols along with extended daily curfews were imposed, the children longed to be in school and expressed their joy at being in class and among teachers and friends when they could return.