Saturday, May 31, 2008

Action alert: Stop the Closing of Orphanages and Schools in Hebron

The following is an action alert concerning the orphanages and schools run by a charity (the Islamic Charitable Society -- ICS) in Hebron that have been under attack by the Israeli military. The military has already destroyed goods and seized equipment and supplies belonging to the ICS, and is moving to close the facility altogether. JPN posted information about the charities last month (see, which has an update on the developing situation).

The Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron asks the international community get involved in pressuring governments to get Israel to stop. The contact information (for people in the US, UK and Canada) is below. You might want to use something like the following language in your emails or in leaving a message with your Senator, Representative, embassy, etc.:

"The Israeli army is taking steps to close down a charity in the Palestinian city of Hebron that serves orphans and children in need. There can be no security justification for this act of collective punishment which targets some of the most vulnerable children in the West Bank. I urge you to use your influence to persuade the Israeli government to stop this action and also to pay restitution for the losses suffered by the Islamic Charitable Society."

Judith Norman


Press Release: Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron
For Immediate Release, 29 May 2008
CPT Contacts: office 011-972-(0)2 222 8485,
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Act Now! Stop the Closing of Orphanages and Schools in Hebron by the Israeli Military

Breaking News:

In his meeting on May 21st with members of the Steering Committee for Supporting the Orphans, Mr. Jawad Bulos, lawyer for the Islamic Charitable Society (ICS), gave a briefing on the legal side of closing and confiscating the ICS facilities.

"The very first moment the Charity received the closure orders I appealed to the Military Legal Advisor and asked him to arrange a meeting with me. The advisor refused to meet me and later he rejected our appeal. I was forced, then, to appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court," said Bulos.'' Five days after my appeal to the court, the court unexpectedly refused to issue a stop order (prohibition order). I was informed later that the court will not discuss our appeal before October,'' added Mr. Bulos.

Although it appears that the military is working towards closure on the ground, Bulos does not think that the military will take further actions that might embarrass the court. Yet, '' I can not trust the Israeli Military,'' he said. These events leave the future of the orphanages and schools in a confused state.

Bulos further stated, "We discussed all details and ways of getting out of this tunnel. The military officers seemed not interested". He concluded his briefing by saying that he believes that the work of both local and international groups is equally important.

Act Now!

It is therefore of utmost importance that all NGOs and internationals who have been involved in this campaign continue to pressure their governments to insist that Israel not only stop this action but also pay restitution for the losses suffered by the institutions involved. Please contact your Congress Representatives or Members of Parliament as soon as possible.

The Steering Committee also encourages all NGOs or visitor to the West Bank to spend a night or more in the Orphanages to discourage the Israeli Army from further actions.
Contact CPT Hebron for these arrangements: (subject line should contain Hebron Orphanage)

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