Israeli Army raids Hebron Orphanage home to 110 girls
- Israeli Army raids Hebron Orphanage home to 110 girls
Pennie Quinton, IMEMC
Wednesday April 30, 2008
At 1.00 in the morning on the 30th of April, the Israeli Army raids
orphanage in Hebron, home to 110 girls, seizing all equipment from
community sewing workshop.
The Hebron Orphanage for girls is run by the Charitable Islamic
Society,(I.C.S) and houses 110 children.
The ICS is accused by Israel of funding the Hamas movement under the
table, and in recent years, the ICS has been raided several times by
the Israeli Army who seized computers and paper work from their
offices. Now the Israeli government wants to take property owned by
the ICS and has issued a court order to this effect.
Bassim the director of the Hebron orphanage for girls says that the
Israeli officials came and inspected a sewing work shop in the
basement, a project set up to give local women whose husbands are in
gaol a means of earning a living.The official forbade any one from
working in the room he photographed and made an inventory of all
sewing machines and related equipment in the basement.He forbade
Bassim from moving the workshop elsewhere threatening him with a
prison sentence of five years were he to do so, he then said that the
army would come and remove the equipment after the 26th of April 2008.
The Christian Peace Maker teams were concerned about the effects of
such a raid on the children so began to sleep over night in the
orphanage. At one in the morning on the 30th of April the army drove
three trucks into the playground of the orphanage, one equipped with a
winch for hauling heavy equipment.They sawed up the metal table for
cutting fabric with an angle grinder, and seized everything from the
workshop including the stock of clothes sewn by the women.They swept
the floor and left taking everything leaving the room utterly void.The
Christian Peace Maker Teams tried to speak with the soldiers about
their actions, but they refused to engage and completely ignored them.
Gaza sewage pumped into the sea over past three months
By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent
May 02, 2008
The report prepared by Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) raises concerns that the untreated sewage is carrying
Escherichia coli (e. coli) bacteria into the sea which may affect
those swimming in its waters.
E. coli bacteria can cause infection in the urinary tract and the
The authors of the report also wrote that in areas where the sewage is
pumped into the sea, the color of the water is dark brown and a strong
Fishermen in Gaza bay claim the sewage has killed much of the fish in
Officials in the Gaza Strip said there were also concerns that the
pumping station in the Zeitun area would not be able to handle the
sewage that had accumulated and the treatment pools would overflow.
The treatment plant requires constant electrical supply, and the OCHA
report calls on Israel to lift its restrictions on fuel supplies to
the Gaza Strip.
OCHA says that unless electricity can run continuously it is
impossible to make regular use of the sanitation equipment in the Strip.
The UN is also calling on Israel to allow the transfer of materials
and spare parts that are necessary to upgrade the sewage system, and
which would allow the construction of three modern sewage treatment
stations in the Strip.
Human Rights Groups Issue Statement
Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups today issued an urgent
call to cease restrictions on Gaza's fuel supply and stop the
unprecedented harm to Gaza's humanitarian needs. The human rights
"We express concern and outrage at the systematic dismantling of
the Gaza Strip's vital systems by preventing the residents of Gaza, a
territory under Israel's occupation, from obtaining the fuel they need
to generate electricity, power hospitals, run transportation, pump
water and sewage, and provide for basic social and economic needs.
We call upon Israel, the occupying power in Gaza, immediately to
end the six-month long restrictions on fuel supply that have paralyzed
Gaza's infrastructure and endangered the health and well-being of
Gaza's 1.5 million residents.
We call on armed groups in Gaza to refrain from attacking
civilians, including at the crossings that channel fuel, food, and
other goods into the Gaza Strip.
We call on Israel to refrain from attacking civilians and
depriving them of basic rights and needs. We emphasize Israel's
obligation as the primary duty bearer under the law of occupation to
ensure the humane treatment of the civilian population, including with
respect to the provision of fuel to the Gaza Strip, ensuring the
maintenance of hospitals, public health services and food and medical
supplies and refraining from rendering useless objects indispensable
to the survival of the civilian population.
We assert that acts of reprisals and collective penalties against
civilians are unjustified and could be considered war crimes that must
be investigated and stopped.
We call on all parties to respect their obligations under human
rights and humanitarian law, especially the obligation to distinguish
between civilians and combatants".
Background: For the last six months, Israel has restricted the
amount of fuel that Gaza residents may purchase, draining reserves and
leaving essential systems vulnerable to supply interruptions. Israel
does not permit Gaza residents to obtain fuel except via the fuel
depot at Nahal Oz, on the Israel-Gaza border. The restrictions on fuel
supply were upheld by Israel's Supreme Court in January 2008, in a
decision condemned by human rights groups as authorizing collective
punishment. However, since an attack on the Nahal Oz crossing on April
9 that killed two civilians, Israel has restricted fuel supplies to
levels far below even the minimum, insufficient levels promised to the
Supreme Court. It has transferred no diesel or petrol supply and just
1/3 of the industrial diesel needed for Gaza's power plant.
On April 7, Gaza's petroleum company owners began striking,
refusing to deliver the minimal quantities of petrol and diesel on the
Palestinian side of Nahal Oz in protest of the restrictions that have
crippled their ability to deliver fuel. The strike does not affect
supply of industrial diesel, which is delivered directly to Gaza's
Shortages in petrol for aid trucks prevented food delivery by
UNRWA to 650,000 for five days, and reserves are low. Fuel shortages
for Gaza's water company have disrupted water supply and forced the
pumping of 10-20 million liters raw sewage in the sea daily.
Hospitals, schools and universities have been disrupted by absenteeism.
An evil state that will disappear one day
Comment by Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Just as Israel inaugurated its misbegotten birth with
genocidal ethnic cleansing sixty years ago, the evil brat of Zionism
is marking its 60th anniversary with yet another spate of bloodletting.
On Sunday, 27 April, the Israeli "Defense" Forces (a more appropriate
appellation would be the Jewish Wehrmacht) murdered a mother and her
four children in Beit Hanoun, a northern Gaza suburb.
The mother and her kids reportedly were having breakfast when an
artillery shell fired from an Israeli Merkava battle-tank hit their
home, killing them instantly and mutilating their bodies.
The graphic, blood-splattered images of the mutilated children and
their mother raised no eyebrows among Israeli leaders and the
Zionist-Jewish public opinion. After all, these Nazi-minded and
Nazi-hearted Zionists have been doing this for more than sixty years.
And the world seems to be coming to terms with these crimes as a fact
of life. This is at least how Israel views world reactions to its
crimes against the peoples of the Middle East.
Anyone familiar with the Zionist way of thinking would tell you that
whenever a pornographic carnage is committed by the Israeli
occupation army, Israeli leaders don't indulge in soul-searching over
the barbarian behavior they engage in. Instead, they just activate
their hasbara machine in order to control the resulting public
relations damage and help exonerate Israel of any wrong doing before
the eyes of the world.
Thus, these evil child killers have told us that their victims were
killed not by Israeli artillery shells, but rather by Palestinian
explosives! Well, didn't these wicked liars claim that Muhammed Durra
was killed by Palestinian snipers in order to tarnish Israel's image?
This is of course not the first time the Israeli army murders an
entire family in order to inflict "shock and awe" on a people as bent
on living and surviving as Israel is bent on killing and murdering.
Israel's history, after all, has been an uninterrupted concatenation
of massacres and war crimes. In fact, one would exaggerate very little
by saying that Israel itself is a crime against humanity, and for that
matter a continuing crime against humanity.
The latest carnage in Gaza didn't occur in isolation. The entire Gaza
Strip has been languishing under a harsh blockade that has much in
common with the Nazi blockade of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland in 1943.
This is a truth that many people in Europe and North America can't
bring themselves to accept, at least openly, because it is not
politically correct to do so. Well, does the West need to see a
full-fledged holocaust in Palestine in order to cast the holocaust
guilt off its shoulders? Must Palestinian children be slaughtered
every morning and every evening in order to finally bring about the
long-awaited recuperation of Europe from the holocaust complex?
As a result of barring the estimated 1.5 million Gaza inhabitants from
accessing food, work, medicine and fuel, the vast bulk of the
population has been forced into abject poverty and virtual starvation.
Ill people who can't find the needed medicine and required medical
care in local health facilities, are left to succumb to their
illnesses. It is believed that more than 200 innocent Gazan patients
have so far died as a direct result of the callous Nazi-like siege.
This happens as Israeli officials appearing on western TV screens keep
assuring the mostly nonchalant or morally-apathetic western audiences
that under no circumstances would Israel allow a "humanitarian crisis"
to develop in Gaza. Well, what, apart from lies, do we expect from
Zionism, a Godless, satanic ideology based on murder, theft and
What do we expect from a state that sends its crack soldiers to raid
and terrorize orphanages and boarding schools in Hebron in the dead of
What do we expect from a state that confiscates donated food for
orphaned children whose parents had been murdered by the Israeli
army a state that orders its soldiers to raid inventory warehouses and
steal shoes, clothes, even underwear, of orphaned children under ten
years of age?
What do we expect from a state whose soldiers murder 12-year-old
school kids, and then verify the kill by emptying 20 more bullets
into the small victim's body to make sure that the dead or dying
little girl or boy doesn't pose a threat to the security and safety of
the heroic soldier?
What do we expect from a state whose army bulldozers crush peace
activists to death and then tells the world that " the bulldozer
driver acted in accordance with outstanding instructions and did
Obviously, a sate as such is a Nazi state par excellence.
Well, I know that Israel has produced good scientists and built good
hospitals and made impressive achievements in science, technology and
But this doesn't mean much in moral terms. Nazi Germany, too, produced
many good scientists, built many good hospitals and made impressive
achievements in science and technology.
Besides, what is the point of inventing advanced electronic devices
and then using the technology in murdering and maiming sleeping
children and women and other innocent civilians?
Indeed, what is the point of building a prosperous state on a
foundation of oppression, mass murder and ethnic cleansing?
Israel may appear modern, vigorous and democratic to much of the
outside world. But for us, the Palestinians, Israel is and will
always be a murderer, a thief and a liar.
Israel stole our country away from us, ethnically cleansed our people,
destroyed our homes, bulldozed our towns and villages, poisoned our
water wells lest we return, and then expelled the bulk of our people
to the four corners of the globe these are the very people Israeli
leaders and spokespersons now shamelessly call "terrorists."
Yes, Israel is militarily and economically powerful; it has a huge
stockpile of nuclear weapons, and pro-Israeli pressure groups control
the American government as well as much of the media and show business
in the United States.
Evil states, like evil people, don not last forever.
And Israel will be no exception.
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