HEBRON URGENT ACTION: Save the Hebron orphanages and schools

4 April 2008
HEBRON URGENT ACTION: Save the Hebron orphanages and schools

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:


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@palnet.com. For further information on the event, including directions to the location, those attending may call Abu Hajar at 059-907-8251 (local) or 011-972-59-907-8251 (international.)

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. Below is a suggested list of contacts for this Urgent Action.

Embassy in Tel Aviv – The Canadian Embassy, PO Box 9442, Tel Aviv 67060, Israel. Fax: (011 972 3) 636-3380. Email: taviv@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0A2. Fax: 613-941-6900 or Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Maxine Bernier, House of Commons, Ottawa ON, Canada, K1A 0A6. Fax: (613) 995-0687 or Email: bernier.m@parl.gc.ca

You can mail your MP at the House of Commons address, or find their email address at http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

United Kingdom:

Embassy in Tel Aviv – British Embassy, 192 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63405, Israel. Tel: (+972 3) 725 1222; Fax: (+ 972 3) 527 8574. Email: webmaster.telaviv@fco.gov.uk

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

To email the Prime Minister go to http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/page821.asp

Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH. Tel: 020 7008-1500

To email MP, MEP’s, MSPs, or Northern Ireland, Welsh and London AMs http://www.writetothem.com/

Contact details for UK Members of Parliament and House of Lords:

Contact details for the Members of the Scottish Parliaments:

Contact PM Fredrik Reinfeldt , Phone: 46 8 405-1000, email via senior registry clerk –

Contact Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt, Phone: 46-8-405-1000, email via senior registry clerk – http://www.sweden.gov.se

Embassy in Tel Aviv – US Embassy, 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63903, Israel. Email: Mary Glantz, Human Rights, glantzme@state.gov. Or Michelle Schohn, schohnjm@state.gov or ac5@bezeqint.net

President George W Bush, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC20500
Register your message with the White House Comment Line 202-456-1111.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

To contact your Senator go to http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

To contact your Representative go to http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

Or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3132 and ask for the appropriate Congressional office.
Please call, e-mail or write to the Israeli Defense Forces. Urge them to rescind the closure and evacuation orders and to return the confiscated properties. Send appeal electronically:

Public Appeals Officer Phone: (country code 972) 03-5691000
Public Appeals Officer Fax: (country code 972) 03-5699400