Jub El-Thib (CNN)Weeks after Israel toppled several Palestinian schools in the West Bank, some students are back in the classroom after a group of activists reconstructed one of the buildings under the cover of darkness.
With bricks -- not metal -- Palestinians rebuild school demolished by Israel
Last month, Israeli officials deemed three educational facilities -- basic metal structures, mostly paid for by the European Union -- illegal, and authorities arrived just days into the school year to dismantle them.
When they were done with one of the schools, in Jub El-Thib, east of Bethlehem, little more than the concrete foundation and an outhouse remained.
The removals provoked an outcry, with the Norwegian Refugee Council accusing Israel of denying thousands of Palestinian children their fundamental right to education.
The NRC said the other educational facilities included a kindergarten for the Bedouin community of Jabal Al Baba, which was torn down, and a primary school in Abu Nuwar, which had its solar panels -- the only source of power at the school -- stripped and confiscated.
Emil Mashriqi, a lawyer for the Society of St. Yves, a human rights organization, said that in the case of the school in Jub El-Thib, which he was representing, Israeli authorities had exploited a legal loophole which allows them to remove "supplementary building materials" at any point.
Declaring the metal sheeting used to build the original school walls to be supplementary material, authorities moved in and took it away.
Which is why when activists returned, they came with bricks, he said.
On Friday night, local resident Intisar Al Wahsh joined the group of activists, made up of people from four communities which surround the school.
Twelve hours later when they had finished, the school was renamed "Al Tahaddi," meaning "Challenge" in Arabic.
And their reconstruction efforts were not without challenges, according to Al Wahsh, who said Israeli soldiers tried to stop them from rebuilding the school.
"They were throwing stun grenades, and tear gas to prevent (us) from building (the school), but in the end we made it," Al Wahsh said.
The body that looks after civil administration in those parts of the West Bank still totally controlled by Israel -- designated as Area C -- said in a statement to CNN that it had carried out "enforcement activities against illegal construction," during which Palestinians "acted violently towards the forces and threw stones at them."
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