Wednesday, April 30, 2008

raid against an orphanage in Hebron

Press Release: Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron

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 to learn more.

Call President Bush, Prime Minister Olmert and the Israeli Military. Contact

#'s are on

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 Photos of our projects are at

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


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