For Immediate Release: Wednesday 30, April, 2008 3:30 am
RAIDED - Hebron Girls Orphanage Sewing Workshop
HEBRON At 1:00 am this morning, April 30th, the Israeli Military raided the
Hebron Girls' Orphanage near the intersection of Salaam and Al Adel (Peace
and Justice) Streets. Acting on orders issued by Major General Shemni,
soldiers looted the workshop of all its sewing and processing machines,
office equipment, rolls of cloth, finished clothing and supplies. CPT
members documented, with still photos and video, approximately 40 Israeli
soldiers emptying the workshop contents into 2 - 40ft. trucks. The
estimated value of the physical material taken is $45,000 US. The cost in
terms of the fear and terror instilled in the hearts of the little girls
living above the workshop is much higher.
Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams and other internationals from Belgium,
Britain, Canada, Germany, Holland, Scotland and the US have been sleeping in
the orphanage. Their concern is for the children who live in fear of the
military forcing them out of the place they've come to call home. Their
hope last night was that their presence would forestall the army's raid on
the workshop. They hoped in vain. CPT's Art Arbour decried this latest
effort by the Israeli military in its campaign to close the orphanages, "How
can grown men do this to little children?" CPT members documented with still
photos 40 Israeli soldiers clearing out the workshop.
Statements of support for the orphans have come in from former President
Jimmy Carter, from EU Vice President Luisa Morgentini and from
representatives of many international organizations worried about the fate
of the orphans in Hebron. Please join with them in supporting the orphans.
Phone 972-(0)2- 222-8485 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Call President Bush, Prime Minister Olmert and the Israeli Military. Contact
#'s are on http://www.hebronorphans.blogspot.com.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence
reduction efforts around the world. To learn more about CPT's peacemaking work, visit our website www.cpt.org
CPT Contacts: office 011-972-(0)2 222 8485
Paul Rehm 011-972-(0) -54-432-8529;
Mary Anne Grady Flores 011-972-(0)59-802-7301,
Mary Anne Grady Flores
Ithaca Catholic Workers
West Bank, Palestine
059-802-7301 Jawaal cell
054-258-1392 Orange cell