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Israeli troops raid orphanage, shut down sewing workshop in Hebron

April 30, 2008 11:01 A.M. (Updated: April 30, 2008 11:01 A.M.)
ebron - Ma'an - Israeli authorities on Wednesday imposed a three-year closure of a sewing workshop operated by the Islamic Charitable Society in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Witnesses said that approximately 40 Israeli soldiers raided the sewing workshop, which is located on the first floor of a girls' orphanage operated by the Islamic Society, at 1am on Wednesday. In the course of a two hour raid, the Israeli troops ransacked the workshop after breaking down its main gates and doors.

Israeli soldiers confiscated all the sewing machines, furniture, and clothes which were to be given to orphans.

International human rights workers with the organization Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) said: "soldiers looted the workshop of all its sewing and processing machines, office equipment, rolls of cloth, finished clothing and supplies." Members of CPT documented the raid, and the contents of the workshop being loaded into two forty foot tucks.

Two weeks ago, the Israeli forces ransacked the workshop and delivered the military order demanding a three-year closure. They also told the workers and management that the workshop must be evacuated before 28 April, otherwise every thing would be confiscated.

The workshop was established in 1985 and it employs 15 female orphan workers. The workshop produces long Islamic outfits for orphans.

For its part, the popular campaign for supporting orphans warned the Israelis of the repercussions of their campaign against the Islamic charity's properties. They called for community-based action against the Israeli crackdown in Hebron.

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