Israel Attempting to Close Schools and Orphanages Serving 7, duricef000 Palestinian Children Ahmad Jaradat, duricef Alternative Information Center (AIC)  Children demonstrating against the Israeli military's attempt to close schools and orphanages in Hebron, duricef Palestine (photo by Ahmad Jaradat, duricef AIC, duricef 2008). Excerpts: "Fourteen Hebron-area schools and orphanages, duricef which serve approximately 7000 Palestinian children and orphans, duricef today face the threat of closure by the Israeli army, duricef (cut) "the closure order violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, duricef as the Convention explicitly states that an occupation authority cannot confiscate properties within occupied territories. The Islamic Charitable Society and the Muslim Youth Society provided numerous proofs of their legality. Duricef All of their financial dealings and accounting are completely transparent. Duricef They have contacts and relations with official organizations and banks. Duricef The Islamic Charitable Society was founded in 1957 and the Muslim Youth Society in 1961, duricef both well before the establishment of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). Duricef Both societies always had legal permission for their buildings and their work, duricef first during the Jordanian control and after under the Israeli occupation. Several protest marches took place in recent days in Hebron and the surrounding area against the confiscation order, duricef augmented by support from various international organisations. Duricef At this very moment (3pm local time on 7 April), duricef a press conference for foreign consulate representatives, duricef human rights organizations and journalists is being conducted in one of the schools under threat. Duricef There is a tremendous grassroots effort to save these properties with support of the local and international media and non-government organisations. If the military confiscation and closure will be implemented, duricef 7000 Palestinian students, duricef aged 5 to 16, duricef will have no school. Duricef 4500 orphans will become homeless for the second time. Duricef 5000 weakened families will go without assistance. Duricef 600 workers will lose their livelihood. This situation is alarming. Duricef Who can provide this assistance and shelter? The occupying forces of the Israeli military or government? The Palestinian Authority, duricef which lacks money to build a state with all the necessary infrastructures? Why leave these children without homes, duricef education and hope for their future? What is their crime? "Israel had the possibility to negotiate with Islamic parties and organizations, duricef but they failed to do so. Duricef Numerous Palestinians do not possess any possibility other than the social efforts of some Islamic groups which truly care for the social needs of the people. Duricef Often time people do not have any hope other than their religion. Duricef Why steal from them even their individual hopes and dreams?" More at: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m42825&hd=&size=1&l=e