Ein Karem, the small settlement in the Negev desert, is home to more than 50 families.
It is also home to the oldest school in the area.
This year, on September 30, Ein Kosher, a kindergarten run by the Yitzhak Rabin-founded Kedem School, was shut down.
The students were among the first to leave for the border with Jordan after their families objected to the closure.
“The school has a big risk of closure,” Yotam Bar-Zvi, a parent of a kindergartener at the school, told Al Jazeera.
“If the school closes, it’s all over for the children, who would not be able to go to their regular schools.”
The government says the closure of schools and kindergartens is a punishment for the Yisrael Beitenu, or “Israel of the past”, and the expulsion of settlers from the Neve Torah settlement bloc in the Jordan Valley.
The Yisraites, a religious minority in the region, are prohibited from attending the schools.
“The decision by the government to expel the Yishuv from the land of Israel is a form of punishment for them, and a punishment against them for being Yisroel, a descendant of the people who founded the state of Israel,” Bar-Kazim said.
“But what’s really going on here is that the government wants to punish the entire Jewish community in Israel, and to punish Yisros and all other Jews in Israel for not allowing the Jewish people to stay in their land.”
The decision to close the school has provoked strong reaction in the community, which considers the Yizhar settlement bloc to be illegal.
Yitzhar has been home to nearly 4,000 Yizroel residents, according to the community’s website, and most live in a community center called Ein Barak.
Some of them were protesting against the closure on social media, while others were angry that they had to leave.
“We are all against this decision,” said Avigdor Haim, a Yizrael Beinu activist who lives in Ein Einav.
“There is no way to make the Yivtz settlement bloc a part of Israel, as it is illegal under international law.
The government has already proven itself to be wrong with this decision, and it’s not going to change any time soon.”
The closure of the school comes on the heels of a wave of demolitions in the occupied West Bank, including in Eilat and Nablus.
On Monday, the Israeli military said it had demolished dozens of homes and structures belonging to the Yozhak Einav settlers, who are suspected of committing numerous acts of arson and other crimes.
On Wednesday, the government announced a new plan to force out more than 1,000 Palestinians from the area, a plan that would see them transferred to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The move came just days after a judge ruled that a settlement in northern Gaza had not been built on Palestinian land since 1967, despite having been declared illegal by the UN.
In response, a large number of settlers staged a demonstration in Eindhoven, a town north of Amsterdam, in protest against the planned demolition.
A demonstration in Nederland, a suburb of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, was also held against the plans, with more than 200 people participating.
The Israeli government says it will implement the plan and deport any remaining settlers within two months, as part of a wider effort to close down illegal outposts in the West Bank.
“It’s a response to the occupation,” Yitzchak Hanegbi, a senior settler leader in the settlements of Eind Hoven and Nederlands, told the Jerusalem Post.
“These are illegal outbuildings.
We are a large group of settlers who live in the middle of this area, and we will not let them move into our homes.
They will stay here.”