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Urgent Action: Save Hebron Orphanages, Schools

Hebron orphanages and schools ordered to close: CPT press conference and tour

On 25 February 2008, the General of Command (GOC) of the Israeli occupation army issued closure, evacuation and confiscation orders on properties and institutions funded by the Islamic Charitable Society. Three schools and two orphanages serving 7000 children faced an April 1 deadline for the closure.

On the morning of 2 April, the school officials received word that the Israeli High Court had allotted the Israeli military four days to give the High Court full justification for the closure and evacuation. On 3 April, the attorney for the Islamic Charitable Society clarified to the Hebron team that the Israeli High Court will rule on the findings on Monday 7 April 2008.

The Popular Committee for Supporting the Orphanages is hosting a 1:00 p.m. press conference and 2:00 p.m. tour for foreign consulate representatives, human rights organizations, journalists, clergy, and interested supporters on Monday 7 April, beginning at the Al-Shar'iya Girls' Orphanage on Salaam (Peace) Street near the junction of Adel (Justice) Street in Hebron.

Video of children at the Al-Shar'iya Girls' Orphanage taken by CPT Tuesday night, 1 April is available at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA-krLrWbss

ACTION

Clergy groups, human rights groups, and other NGO's are invited to send representatives to the Hebron press conference or to write letters of support for the orphanage to cptheb_AT_palnet_DOT_com.

Please call, email or write to your government officials. Urge them to send a representative to the 7 April press conference and tour at the Hebron Girls' Orphanage on Salaam Street in Hebron.

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led non-violent resistance movement committed to ending Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land. We call for full compliance with all relevant UN resolutions and international law.

ENDS

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