Please copy and forward this to everyone in your address book, the truth MUST be known about Palestine

Jim Stone, Friday May 3, 2002

Destruction of records key element in Israeli action

The Israeli action in Palestine was carried out on several levels, that have not been sufficiently reported.

1. Records removal. When the Israelis conducted this incursion, militants and property were a secondary priority. The main focus of this military exercise was the removal of public records. Public records, such as vehicle registration, education records (diploma registry), medical records, utility records, schematics of electrical and municipal systems, business registration, and all other forms of public data infrastructure were destroyed in Palestine.

Public records are critical for any society to function, they form the backbone upon which all modern societies are based. Only through public records can you levy taxes, repair roads, telephone, water, and electrical systems, or verify that someone you plan to hire is actually qualified. In addition to this, you cannot verify whether or not someone lived or died without public records. This is why the Palestinian authority was forced to accept Israel's death count in Jenin, with their records destroyed they could not claim anything else.

Methods of records removal included, but was not limited to the following: Destruction of computer databases, which involved component level destruction of the computers themselves, (disassembly and breaking of the computers' internal parts) and complete removal of hard drives, so that the hard drives were no longer present, even in destroyed condition. Complete physical removal of all magnetic tape, CD recordable, and floptical type data backup systems and materials; removal of all printed records, not simply burning them, but removing them entirely, and destruction of all records related equipment, such as printers, copiers, office supplies and telephones which could be used to re establish a records database. Numerous people have reported that Israeli forces made little discrimination between private and government computers and records, if they were found, they were destroyed.

2. Removal of police force, and destruction of judicial property (courthouses). With the law enforcement arm of the government gone, Israel has created a state of anarchy in Palestine. No organized society can exist without the means to enforce civil law.

3. Destruction of communication facilities. Palestine no longer has a way to establish electronic communication via mediums such as television and radio, which has left them dependent upon outside signals. This will have the effect of damaging any sense of sovereignty in the people.

All of this will be a severe setback to the establishment of a Palestinian state, because without records, without law, and without effective communications, Palestine no longer has the foundation upon which a state must be built. This was the true purpose for the Israeli offensive. They needed a horrific situation, they needed Jenin to distract the world's attention from their true motive, which was erasure of Palestinian identity. And in the end, with nothing but a few photos to show what really happened, Jenin too will fade into obscurity.

Jim Stone


Smashed office


Stolen documents

Off the air

These computers have critical components missing, notice how they put the monitors back on top? for what reason?

The hard drive and video card have been removed from this one, leaving only the useless floppy and CD rom.  From what I can see, this was a nice computer.

This is another computer, which appears to be top of the line file server class, which has been completely raped

Where is the strategic significance, other than the missing equipment?

This appears to be a cancelled upgrade.

I don't know why, but this one irritates me

 

Palestine is not permitted to have a military 
to prevent the Israelis from doing stuff like this.
An oppressed people will go to extremes to make
a point, which is why they are willing to kill
themselves to do it.  Americans tend to excuse Israel
for anything.  Why?  No news about this in
America. The Palestinians have their assets destroyed 
by Israel regularly, but always manage to make
a comeback.  If these people were not being 
continuously destroyed, they would not be
poor, they would have international economic
significance.  They obviously have a flair for 
designing pretty buildings like this one.  Over 140
buildings similar to this were leveled in Jenin, 
which when mapped equals approximately 70% 
of Hiroshima. It's too bad people like me have to risk 
their life's dream, recognition in music for me,
to get the truth out because the American press
refuses to report it.
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Contrary to popular press, Israel ALWAYS
strikes first.  They are actively engaged in
destroying Palestinian infrastructure to
prevent the legitimization of a Palestinian 
state.  Palestine is incapable of issuing a
military response that goes beyond
"terrorisim" which is why Israel is not 
afraid to keep on doing things like this.
Because Palestine has no army, anything
they do can be labeled terrorisim. If 
Israel insists on committing acts of war 
on Palestinian civilian targets without
officially declaring war, they should
not complain about being bombed in civilian
areas in return.  The Palestinian response is
in fact not terrorisim, it is a justified military
action carried out by civilians who have no
other way.  Israel ought to be thankful they
do not risk having bulldozers and tanks visit
their neighborhoods in return. 

These are some of the supporting quotes for the article Electronic Intifada

According to the technical director of this station and another filmmaker friend, the army occupied the station and held two staff operators for many hours before they were released. When the curfew was lifted on April 5th, he tried his best to get into the station, but was not allowed in by the army. On the way back, his worst fears were magnified: al-Nasr TV, Manara, Ajyal, and Angham radio station owners all reported the same horror. They were able to get into their stations and found all the equipment on the  floor, totally and irreparably damaged. Microphones, tapes, CD's,  monitors, mixers etc. all spread and smashed into shambles. Even Radio  Love and Peace studios, ironically, were found totally destroyed,  apparently using highly effective sledgehammers or something of this  sort!

 Not only did the Israeli army occupy most of the local radio and television stations early on, but they used one of the stations at least, WATAN, to air pornographic  films. That day, probably on the second day of this onslaught, I turned  on the television to see Watan Television Station's courageous reporting  of what is happening around us. I was shocked by a pornographic film  instead. Called everybody and everyone, as did everybody else who saw  that. And it took I think two days for this to stop...just think of children  watching in the midst of all that is happening around them.  And then we began to hear reports of what has taken place at al-Quds  University's Educational Television, which normally broadcasts  educational materials, but since the beginning of this state of affairs, had  begun airing cartoons for children and short films on first aid and trauma  management, as well as phone numbers and addresses to use for  emergency purposes in these trying times. 

 

Then, the UPMRC Optometry Center: the centre was stormed probably  also on the same day. Again the door was detonated, and even the  internal walls were destroyed, and everything was broken, computers, microscopes, and all of the diagnostic equipment was smashed and on the floor. The Israeli army also took with them the main records computer. There is nothing there that is operational.

And, the UPMRC Technical Aids for the Disabled Centre: stormed on  the first of April. Stormed by exploding one of the walls, as they could  not open the main door, tried to detonate the door but did not succeed.  All computers were broken and down on the floor, glass broken, even  parts of walls were down.

And finally, UPMRC'c main emergency medical center, first shelled by tanks, with shells landing inside one of rooms, carving out the first wall into the second room, and then again the second wall into the  third room. Then they stormed the building and destroyed all the  equipment there, computers, photocopier etc. The Israeli army also  detonated the doors of other NGO's located in the building, such as the  Mandela Institute, as well a private dental clinic and computer company  located in the same building. One office, belonging to a private lawyer  was partially burned down. All equipment in these offices were  destroyed.
 

Public Institutions: we have not begun to realize the extent of the damage in this sector , but some reports are indicative. On April 4th, the Ministry of Education issued an appeal to the world community indicating that on April3rd, more than 30 Israeli tanks made a forceful entry into the Ministry headquarters in Ramallah , demolishing the main gate and the main doors, although employees there were willing to give them the keys to open the doors instead. The employees were then captured and forced to sit under heavy rain for six hours, then released. When the soldiers left at around 9 p.m that evening, the employees went back to horrifying damage: the Ministry's computer net servers were stolen, along with many floppy disks, CD's, files, dossiers, and all sorts of other documents. In the finance office, the main coffer lock was detonated, damaging all papers, including vouchers,  promissory notes, cash and check box. The general examination central  office doors were all detonated and destroyed, all iron cupboards as well, many of which containing very important educational documents. All  records were taken or destroyed, even records of official transcripts that have been laboriously developed over years, and making it impossible now to issue or certify student documents and transcripts. Even the storage rooms were invaded, with computers, televisions and video sets and other valuable teaching aids taken away, all with worth estimated as in millions of dollars. Apparently, the piles of rubble on the floor made for a terrifying scene. 

This list is by no means exhaustive, and has been compiled from reports I  have received from friends and colleagues in the institutions concerned. The whole truth will take some time to emerge.

This unbelievable destruction can only indicate that this unilateral war is not merely about security, but is mainly directed against annihilating everything Palestinian. 

Rita

 

In addition to several other buildings in Ramallah, Israeli forces 
entered al-Isra' building, located on Radio Boulevard on the way to the 
compound of the Palestinian Authority. Israeli forces destroyed the front 
door and invaded the building, which hosts among commercial offices and 
shops, the Ramallah office of LAW - The Palestinian Society for the 
Protection of Human Rights and the Environment, Addameer Prisoners' 
Support and Human Rights Association, al-Sharq TV, the Center for 
Democracy, and the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 
Office. Israeli forces have destroyed office equipment, including 
computers, photocopiers, faxmachines, which they have thrown out of the 
windows. 
There is increasing evidence that Israel intends to wipe out the records of Palestinian social and political institutions: The Ramallah office of the Palestinian Independent Commission on Citizen’s Rights (PICCR) has been ransacked and files have been stolen or destroyed. The full extent of the damage is not yet known. It should be noted that the PICCR is a national human rights organization.

Other offices raided or destroyed include the Ramallah office of Al-Haq, an independent human rights organization; the Ramallah branch office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights; the Palestinian Medical Relief Union, and the Mandela Institution. In addition, the Palestine Agricultural Relief Committees office has been occupied.

These politically independent offices have come under attack in order to destroy the Palestinian civilian infrastructure of the city, to destroy the records of civic organizations that have documented human rights breaches by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and to undermine Palestinian civil society in general. The aim here is to pave the way for the re-imposition of full Israeli military and civil administration in the Palestinian territories.

We call upon global civil society to intervene to stop these grave breaches of international law and violations of human rights. Silence in the face of these crimes amounts to complicity. We ask all people of conscience to take immediate action against what is happening. This is not a War against Terror; it is a War against Palestine.

 


 
The following report is extensive, I hit the jackpot with this one.  The critical content is highlited.
 

List of destructions and vandalism by the Israeli Army
by CODIP • Friday May 03, 2002 at 05:15 AM
codip@skynet.be 

The destructions of the Israeli army is enormous and it prooves that the Sharon-government wanted also the complete destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure.

LIST OF DESTRUCTIONS AND VANDALISM BY THE ISRAELI ARMY: 

Friends, This is a long document but one which has been carefully prepared 
and which you ought to have. 
This dry factual list of destruction of educational, administrative, social 
service, civil and cultural installations would I think convince anyone 
that Sharon's real purpose was the destruction of Palestinian society. This is not 'collateral damage' this is intentional destruction amounting to 'sociocide' and must be denounced as such. 
 

DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN INSTITUTONS 

PRELIMINARY REPORT April 13, 2002 

Palestinian NGO Emergency Initiative in Jerusalem 
This is a humanitarian crisis without precedent in its destructive impact 
on 
the Palestinian people and its institutions," 
Joint statement on the humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Territories, 
from 
United Nations organizations, including UNDP, UNFPA, World Health 
Organization, UN High Commission for Refugees, International Federation of 
Red Cross and Red Crescent and UNWRA, among others. Rome, 10 April 2002** 

Table of Contents 

INTRODUCTION 2 
RAMALLAH: 4 
I. NATIONAL GOVERNMENT (PNA) INSTITUTIONS: 4 
1. Ministry of Civil Affairs 4 
2. Ministry of Education 5 
3. Palestinian Legislative Council (al-Bireh and Ramallah) 7 
4. Ministry of Finance Central Office 8 
5. Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) 9 
II. LOCAL GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS 9 
1. Ramallah Municipality 10 
2. Al-Bireh Municipality 10 
3. Al-Bireh Municipal Library 11 
4. Ramallah Chamber of Commerce (New Building): 11 
III. NON- GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (RAMALLAH) 12 
1. The Health Development Information Policy Unit (HDIP) 12 
2. The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, Ramallah 13 
3. Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, Ramallah 13 
4. MATTIN Group (Human Rights) 14 
5. AL-Haq Human Rights Organization 15 
6. Ramallah YMCA (Branch of East Jerusalem YMCA) 15 
7. Private Radio and TV Stations 16 
OTHER TOWNS/ VILLAGES: 17 
I. Bethlehem 18 
1.Municipality Building 18 
II. Anabta Village (Tulkarm District) 18 
1. Anabta Municipality 18 
2. The Anabta Women's Charitable Organization 19 
III. Tulkarim 19 
1. General Union of Palestinian Women, Tulkarim 19 
2. Rawdat Abna' Al-Ghad 19 
 

INTRODUCTION 
This is a very preliminary inventory of damage done to Palestinian public 
institutions by the Israeli army in the course of its invasion of 
Palestinian cities and villages that began March 29th. The information will 
undoubtedly be augmented by reports from throughout the West Bank once more 
on-the-ground investigations are possible and when communication systems 
are working again. Indeed, this report overwhelmingly focuses on institutions 
in Ramallah, due to the fact that temporary liftings of the ongoing curfew 
have allowed individuals to make preliminary inspections of institutions once 
they are no longer occupied by IDF forces. The main focus here is 
particularly on ministries and other institutions of the Palestinian 
Authority, while ongoing information is being collected on non-governmental 
organizations, and the media. However, even the initial findings indicate 
several disturbing patterns with very grave consequences. In particular, 
institutions of the Palestinian Authority have been subjected to a 
consistent pattern of incursions which focus on seizure of records and 
financial resources and destruction of technical infrastructure. There has 
been a consistent pattern of seizure of documents, hard disk from 
computers, paper files as well as widespread vandalism. In addition, is what we have 
called- "sanctioned theft" - seizing of equipment which has no 
informational or intelligence value, as well as some theft of money. The private media 
has also been subject to extensive and systematic destruction of its technical 
facilities. The evidence suggests a policy of de-institutionalizing all 
Palestinian media - and not just that of the PNA but Palestine's vibrant 
independent TV and radio sector, as well. The limited data on destruction 
and theft of non-governmental organizations, is also reported. Due to the 
limited data available, it is less clear if the organizations themselves 
are specific targets or whether they are primarily victims of general searches, 
IDF occupation of buildings for barracks, sniper positions, or lookouts. 

The interim agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation 
Organization, and the fragile, if flawed, peace that ensued, ushered in a 
period of Palestinian institution-building that was unprecedented in scale, 
although drawing on the rich experience of developing local institutions, 
particularly non-governmental organizations, during the period of direct 
Israeli military occupation. While the Palestinian Authority admittedly had 
very limited sovereignity, powers and territory, for the first time a 
Palestinian government authority directed Palestinian education, health, 
civil affairs and social services, among other functions and 
responsibilities, and began to plan for economic and social development. 
Elections were held in January 1996 for the first elected Palestinian 
parliament which brought into being the 88- member Palestinian Legislative 
Council and elected Yasser Arafat as President. When Israeli policy and 
military action is directed at "dismantling" the Palestinian Authority, it 
not only targets political leaders and institutions of self-rule, but it 
also targets vital services for the survival of Palestinian society, 
un-doing developmental projects and initiatives crucial to a stable and 
democratic Palestinian future. 
 

Palestinian institution-building was strongly supported by the 
international community; donor funds to Palestinian governmental and non-governmental 
institutions in the 1995-2000 period amounted to 3,313,719,000 USD of which 
933,411USD went for social spending, particularly education and health. Up 
until October 2000, the Authority also steadily increased its own revenue 
collection. Even in the difficult conditions of siege and closure of the 
second intifada and the refusal of the Israeli government to transfer owed 
revenue clearances to the Authority (its most important source of 
revenues), it is vital, as the World Bank and UNSCO state, "to recognize the essential 
functions and achievements of the Palestinian Authority in providing basic 
essential services under very adverse conditions during the past five 
months" (World Bank and UNSCO 4 April 2002). The incursions into the 
Ministries of Education, Finances and Civil Affairs, as well as the 
municipalities, noted below, certainly threaten these services and should 
be of great concern. 

The report is based on phone interviews with individuals who were able to 
make on-site visits as well as reports issued by institutions that were able 
to make preliminary inspections themselves. It includes only those 
institutions that could be physically surveyed for damage. Institutions 
that are still occupied by Israeli military forces (as stated in the report), 
are included only if the external assessment gives some indication of the 
extent of probable damage. The ongoing curfew in all of the towns invaded by the 
IDF has been the main obstacle to collecting information. 

The detailed report contains the following: 

Ramallah PNA institutions 
Ministry of Civil Affairs 
The Legislative Council (PLC) 
Ministry of Education 
Central Bureau of Statistics 
Ministry of Finance 

Ramallah/ El Bireh Local Government 
Municipality of Ramallah 
Municipality of al Bireh 
Al Bireh Municipal Library 
Ramallah District Chamber of Commerce 

Ramallah Non-governmental Institutions 
1. Human Rights Organizations: al Haq, Mattin Group and Mandela Institute 
2.Development and Relief Organizations: HDIP and Union of Medical Relief 
Committees, Ramallah branch of the YMCA, 
3. Private Radio and Television Stations: al Quds University Educational 
T.V. and Radio and others in Ramallah 

Other Towns: 
Bethlehem Municipality, 
Anabta Municipality and two community organizations 

Tulkarm General Union of Palestinian Women Office 
 

At this time there is no further information available on the fate of 
other occupied or invaded Ministries in Ramallah which include: 
Ministry of Culture (IDF continues to occupy it since Friday March 29) 
Ministry of Information (IDF continues to occupy it since Friday March 29) 
Ministry of Interior (Inside Presidents Compound: shelled -- amount of 
destruction unknown) 
Ministry of Agriculture (occupied by IDF April 12th exited April 13) 
Ministry of Social Affairs (occupied by IDF today April 13) 
Health Secretariat (occupied and exited by IDF April 13th) 
General Personnel Office (occupied and exited by IDF April 13) 

At this time there is no further information on reported damage or IDF 
occupation of the following Ramallah-based NGOs: 
al Damir, prisoners rights organization; al Mawarid Educational resource 
Center; Law human rights organization, Sakakini Cultural Center (invaded 
April 13th); The Young Scientists Club, The Agricultural Relief Committees. 

The following NGOs have been invaded by IDF (and visited by staff when 
curfew lifted) but have only suffered mild damage from searches includes: 
MUWATEN, Birzeit Continuing Education Program, Birzeit Institute of Music. 
 

RAMALLAH: 
I. NATIONAL GOVERNMENT (PNA) INSTITUTIONS: 
This preliminary report only covers civil institutions of government and 
has 
not attempted to deal with the widespread destruction of Palestinian Police 
stations and other security force installations. 
 

RAMALLAH 
1. Ministry of Civil Affairs 
Location: Um al Sharayat 

The Ministry of Civil Affairs is headed by Minister Jamil al Tarifi. It is 
the main address for Palestinians living outside the occupied territories 
who want to apply for visitor permits, family re-unification and residency 
permits. It also handles the customs and other administrative details for 
Palestinian returnees. As such, most of its work is done in liason with 
Israeli officials who vet every application. The Ministry is housed in a 
five story building and divided into six departments. 

Damage: Extensive vandalism, some confiscation of materials and some theft. 
From a preliminary on-sight report by Ministry employees the following 
description was provided. The main doors to the Ministry were blown open 
(evidence of a blast), inside the main entrance reception area were the 
remains of a large pile of burnt documents. Equipment: Inside the two sections that were visited thus far (there are six sections altogether), destroyed Xerox copiers (seem to be sledge hammered) as well as destroyed computers and printers. The central phone exchange taken as well as a digital receiver in the Ministers office. Confiscation of Records: Thus far some missing hard drives, but stolen papers from especially the Ministers office (neighbors told the employee they saw soldiers carrying out what seemed to be boxes of papers). Many 
destroyed documents. 

Theft: Door to Minister's office blown open, the safe inside also blown open 
and its contents including documents and Ministry finances missing. Petty 
cash of 6,000 shekels taken from the finance department.Other: The employee stated that the entrance and offices she entered were in complete disarray and severely vandalized. Besides broken equipment, broken filing cabinets and papers strewn everywhere -- many internal windows were smashed as well. Additionally, pictures on walls (especially with Palestinian themes) were found on the floor smashed. Also graffiti sprayed on walls. The employee stated that she was so horrified at the extent of the damage and vandalism that she was unable to visit more of the building and left in tears. 
 

2. Ministry of Education 
Location: Ramallah / Masyun district 
The Ministry serves about one million children, i.e. a third of the total 
Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza. It is the main address 
for the overall administration of all government primary and secondary schools, 
their faculties, as well as archiving of student transcripts. On April 3rd 
at approximately 4:00 p.m. 30 APC's and tanks carrying approximately 150 
soldiers broke down the ministry's main gates. Four employees in the 
Ministry were taken to open doors, in some cases when they had no keys 
doors were exploded open or broken open. Reports suggest that at other times even 
when staff offered to open doors they were ignored while soldiers forcibly 
broke in. Staff were made to stand outside in the cold for more than six 
hours while soldiers were inside the building. 
Damage: Extensive vandalism, theft and confiscation 
External Damage: IDF tanks demolished the main gate to the building and the 
main doors of the premises were forced open. 

Internal Damage: 
The IDF forces vandalized the Ministry's offices, confiscating computers and educational aids and removing or destroying vital records and documents. Although it has not been possible for the Ministry to assess the full damage and destruction wrought, the following specific 
damage was noted by Ministry employees who were able to make a brief room 
by room survey of the damage when the curfew was lifted for a few hours. 

General: the Ministry's computer net servers were removed 
financial office: the main safe was blown open damaging its contents, 
including dossiers, promissory notes, cash, check books and vouchers 
-central office: the Israeli forces blew up metal filing cabinets 
destroying vital documents. - all offices: files have been torn up, and left in huge piles on the floor - Storage room: the IDF confiscated computers, overhead projectors, video 
sets, and other valuable educational equipment - Central office: The Israeli forces blew up and destroyed all main doors. They took away or destroyed records and references that are highly important for official transcripts. - Remaining offices in the Ministry: The forces seem to have confiscated many floppy disks, CDs, files, dossiers and documents but more time will be needed to more accurately assess. Impact The Ministry's records, which were confiscated or destroyed, have been built up over many years. The Ministry hopes it will be able to re- construct destroyed records for the issuing and certifying of students' transcripts from regional MOE offices. The MOE is unable to gain full and clear access to the premises in order to make a comprehensive and detailed assessment of the damage and losses at this point. However, it estimates the financial 
loss merely of equipment, such as computers, videos, TV sets and overhead 
projectors, to reach millions of dollars. Most of this equipment was 
financed by donor countries and organizations. The main and direct impact of this destruction, however, is on the one million Palestinian children who are enrolled in the school system and who constitute the main resource of Palestinian society in the future. 

This data is based on a fuller report undertaken by the Ministry itself. 
For the full text please contact Acting Minister of Education Dr. Naim Abu Hommos, 
Email moepalestine@hotmail.com 

Fax + 970 298 3222 

3. Palestinian Legislative Council (al-Bireh and Ramallah) 
The Palestinian Legislative Council (or parliament) has two main buildings 
within el-Bireh/ Ramallah. The al-Bireh building is the main administrative 
office of the PLC while the Assembly Chambers are based in Ramallah in the 
Ministry of Education. 

A. Main Administrative Building in al- Bireh Damage: Vandalism, Confiscation and Sanctioned Theft Based on an on-site visit by the PLC director general, and two PLC staff, as 
well as witnesses in the neighborhood, the following preliminary report can 
be made. Israeli troops broke in late Tuesday night, around 1:00 a.m. on 
Wednesday, April 10.The actual break-in was witnessed by neighbors living 
across the street from the PLC building. 
 

Destruction: Soldiers broke into the main entrance and subsequently the door 
and glass partition of the Economic Committee, the Budget Committee, the 
Political Committee, and the Legal Committee. Most of the damage included 
breaking and removal of doors and windows. Some equipment was damaged and 
broken. 

Sanctioned Theft: A computer and many files were taken from the Speaker's 
Office. A computer was also taken from the technical departments office.
Confiscation: Files and documents taken from the Speakers office and the 
Chief Clerks office. Hard drives taken from computers. All the computers 
were open in the personnel department. Vandalism: The Library and the Public Relations Unit have suffered extensive vandalism, books and files were thrown all over the floor. The door of the "Hansard" (sound and video equipment) office was broken, documents were thrown on the floor, but the equipment was left intact. 

The IT Unit, Information Department, and Director's General office did not 
sustain any damage. Cars and vehicles parked on the streets were damaged, 
and troops took keys of vehicles from the Technical Department. Telephones 
are operating at the Council, and the Council has electricity.

(The above information is based on ARD report provided by Dr. Mahmoud 

Labadi, PLC director general, and two PLC staff Faisal Zakarneh, and Ahmad 
Abu Dayyeh, along with Amin Sbeih of ARD/PLC2 project) 
B. Legislative Council Chambers in Ramallah Ministry of Education 
Building The Chambers of the Legislative Council are where the 88 members meet when 
the PLC is in session. The Chamber auditorium includes not only seating for 
the council members, but expensive technical equipment for computerized 
voting, video coverage of sessions and a closed circuit communications 
system to link it with the administrative building in el-Bireh.Damage: Destroyed Doors; Confiscation of Video Archive of PLC Sessions At approximately 4:00 p.m. on April 3rd, around 150 soldiers, with 30 tanks and APCs, forced their way into the Ministry of Education's Compound. The soldiers detained four employees of the Ministry of Education's compound, 
including Mr. Salah Soubani, and made them walk in front of the soldiers and 
open doors. 

A group of about 50 soldiers forced Mr. Soubani to accompany them to the 
Legislative Council Chambers, next to the elementary school, on the grounds 
of the Ministry compound. They asked several questions about the Chambers: 
Who attends the meetings? What do they do in the sessions? Do people work 
there or live there? Any door that could not be opened with a key, was blown up with an 
explosive charge. [Several people living in the neighborhood heard the explosions.] A 
door to the school was blown up and the door between the school and the PLC 
Chambers was also blown up. The soldiers looked through every room of the 
PLC wing. They took all of the video-cassette tapes from the lower video 
room, at least a hundred tapes of Council sessions, put them in plastic bags, and carried them away. As far as Mr. Soubani knows, no equipment was 
stolen or damaged in the raid. 
 

The soldiers did not appear to be from a special unit. They wore basic green 
army fatigues. They did not use names when they talked to each other, 
instead they called each other by numbers, except for one soldier who was 
repeatedly referred to as "Sharon". When the rooms were inspected today, April 4th, Mr. Salah Soubani confirmed that sound (Hansard) and Video equipment seemed to be in place and intact. 
The above report is based on ARD/PLC2 project interview with Mr. Salah 
 

Soubani, director of the Information Department at the Ministry of 
Education-Ramallah 

4. Ministry of Finance Central Office 

Location: Sateh Marhaba Area 

There are three buildings of the Finance Ministry in Ramallah. The Central 
Office in Suteh Marhaba has been visited by Ministry employees once the 
curfew was lifted, the other two (one in the Industrial district and one 
downtown) are occupied by the IDF and cannot be visited. The Central Office 
houses the Ministers office as well as a number of main departments 
(Accounts, Payroll, General administration etc.). It was broken into by a 
group of soldiers on approximately the 4th day of the invasion of Ramallah 
according to neighbors. 

Damage: Broken doors, Extensive Confiscation of Computers and Computer Hard 
Disks Destruction: Broken entrance doors and many internal doors destroyed, as 
well as windows. Elevator badly damaged. Destroyed Computers. Destroyed 
furniture. Confiscation: Computer skeletons strewn on the floor, due to many hard disk 
drives being taken. The most hard hit section in terms of taken computers 
and hard disks seems to be the Payroll department. Documents strewn on the 
floor suggests that paper files may have been taken but the employees did 
not have time to assess. Other computers were found with their screens on. 

Other comments/ Impact: The general director suggested that the main 
destruction and loss was of the Ministry's financial records and accounts. 
The Ministry is in charge of disbursing salaries, health and pension 
payments to all government employees including teachers, hospital workers, 
the police as well as government bureaucrats. The GD says that given the 
loss of information, public sector employees face not getting paid in the 
foreseeable future until the records can be re-established. In addition, 
files for back pay and insurance may have been lost as well. 

Information based on interview with General Director Mr. Sami Ramlawi tel. 
059205038 

5. Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) 
Fieldwork Administration Section Location: Radio Road near Lions Square (al Manara) 
The Central Bureau of Statistics is headed by Dr. Hasan Abu Libdeh. The main 
section of PCBS is in Balu'a area and is where most of the statistical data 
bases and reports are housed, as well as administrative records and 
finances. That building was invaded by IDF troops during the first 
re-occupation of Ramallah in October 2001. At that time soldiers confiscated 
hard disks and vandalized a number of the offices. As of this writing 
(April 13th) the Balu'a office has not been touched. However, the Fieldwork 
section in downtown Ramallah which serves as the administrative center for 
fieldwork has been invaded on four occasions. The department is located in a 
four-storey residential and commercial building and is composed of four 
apartments. 

Damage: (Only covers first three invasions - as yet no confirmed 
information on damage wrought by April 12th break-in). Two broken doors, some broken 
windows -- both in the course of soldiers entering into the building. 
Damage is relatively light and there is no extensive vandalism. 

Comment: The director of the section said that that it has been entered by 
soldiers on four occasions; March 30th, April 3rd and April 8th and 12th. 
Based on visiting the site after the first three incursions he thinks the 
main aim was general search since the apartments they entered (two) only 
saw light vandalism such as broken cupboards and some strewn papers. Equipment 
was not damaged. However, neighbors report that on the most recent 
incursion into the building (April 12th) they heard explosives being used. 
 

II. LOCAL GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS 
We have only been able to gather preliminary information based on on-site 
visits about the following: 
Ramallah Muncipality 
El-Bireh Minicipality 
Ramallah Chamber of Commerce 
El-Bireh Municipal Library 
 

1. Ramallah Municipality 
Damage: Extensive vandalism, potentially some confiscation and theft 
Ramallah Municipality is located near Clock square, it contains departments 
of administration, the court room, engineering, health, sanitation, 
archives, surveying and finance. On the evening of Saturday, March 30, a contingent of Israeli soldiers forcibly entered the Municipality and remained inside for approximately 12 
hours. The building was empty of people when the soldiers entered. The main door was 
forced open by spraying it with over fifty bullets of different calibers. 
The Municipality, was empty of people when soldiers broke in, nevertheless they 
remained there for approximately 12 hours.. Based on a preliminary site 
visit, by municipality staff once the curfew was lifted they report the 
following. 
"Every department was vandalized,. Furniture was turned over and damaged, 
paper files and documents were tampered with, dispersed and thrown to the 
floor, surveying plans and building license files were destroyed, office 
doors were broken; glass windows, doors and partitions were smashed, and 
extensive damage was inflicted on the PCs and computer network. Many of the 
PCs were damaged; the CPUs and hard disks either damaged or taken by the 
soldiers, and so was the main server. Two steel safes were blown open which 
contained important documents pertaining to the work of the Municipality 
and some petty cash. Internal concrete block wall partitions were destroyed, 
and extensive damage was sustained by the heating, electrical and computer 
cable systems." The Municipality staff has not been able to make a complete assessment of the damage nor determine the extent of the missing equipment, documents and other items. The forced intrusion into the municipality was witnessed by reporters and guests staying at a nearby hotel. 

2. Al-Bireh Municipality Based on data provided by municipal engineers who were able to briefly 
visit the building when the curfew was lifted. Damage: Destruction of outside walls, doors, furniture, computers, municipal works jeep destroyed, some confiscation of files and hard disks, extensive vandalism, theft 

Destruction: An IDF contingent arriving in tanks broke into the building on 
the second day of Ramallah's invasion (Saturday March 30th). The tanks 
broke down the outside walls of the municipality and crushed the municipal works 
jeep parked outside. Entrance and internal doors broken down. Shattered 
windows. Broken furniture. Five computers destroyed (some for hard disks, 
others just vandalized). Fax machine shattered. Confiscation: A number of files seemed to be missing and at least two hard disks taken from computers. The municipality was unable to see what other documents were taken as yet because of the amount of papers strewn on the floor. 

Sanctioned Theft: $12,000 surveying equipment missing 

Vandalism: 
A number of offices were in complete disarray, with overturned furniture 
and broken file cabinets. Destroyed files. Computers, central telephone system 
and alarm system no longer function. 

3. Al-Bireh Municipal Library 
Located Near al-Bireh Municipality. 

The library building was visited by municipal engineers briefly when the 
curfew was lifted. A contingent of soldiers invaded the building on the 
second day of the invasion 30th March Damage: Primarily vandalism, destruction of computers, broken doors and windows, Confiscation of books and journal 
Destruction: External doors, shattered windows, 3 computers broken. 

Vandalism: extensive papers and books on the floor 
Confiscation: One computer screen was on suggesting that its hard disk had 
been taken. A substantial amount of books and journals seem to be missing 
although exactly how many (and what type) cannot as yet be assessed. 

4. Ramallah Chamber of Commerce (New Building): 
Location: (Nazlat Rukab's across from Ramallah Post office) 
Based on on-site visit when curfew lifted by Director of the Chamber of 
Commerce, Mr. Salah Odeh 

The Ramallah Chamber of Commerce serves the whole district of Ramallah. The 
Chamber of Commerce owns two attached buildings with the Chamber housed in 
two floors in the new main building across from the post office. In the new 
building a number of offices were rented out to the private sector (doctor's 
clinic, a development research institute, lawyers office etc.). The private 
businesses only had their doors broken open and were searched. The offices 
of the municipality were widely vandalized. There are no working offices of 
the C.C. in the adjacent (old) building, which is mainly rented out to 
private businesses and associations. The old building suffered extensive 
fire damage (see below under NGOs the offices of the Palestinian Teachers 
Union). 

Damage: External doors blasted, internal doors blasted or broken down. 
Smashed computers and Xerox copier, extensive vandalism 
On Sunday March 31st a Contingent of soldiers broke into the Chamber of 
Commerce building. They blew down the main entrance to the five floor 
building. The front entrance was completely blackened by the blast. On the 
3rd floor, where the offices of the Chamber of Commerce are located, they 
also blew open the door with explosives. The large brass sign at the 
entrance with the C.C.'s insignia was shattered completely and the 
stairwell blackened by explosive blasts. Inside, the first office they entered 
suffered the most damage. Four computers were destroyed (thrown on the 
ground and smashed), the Xerox copier was also thrown on the ground and 
broken. There was wide-scale vandalism throughout the other offices with 
files and papers strewn on the floor. Whether hard disks or paper files 
were taken cannot yet be assessed. Furniture in the president's office was 
vandalized. The door to the 5th floor conference room was blown open but 
nothing seems to have been touched inside. Also the door to the roof was 
broken open but again there was no other visible damage. Electricity lines 
throughout the building were hanging from the ceiling, there is no 
electricity functioning in the building. 

III. NON- GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (RAMALLAH) 

As of this writing we have been able to collect briefs on the following: 

Human Rights Organizations: al Haq, Mattin Group and Mandela Institute 
Development and Relief Organizations: HDIP and Union of Medical Relief 
Committees Charitable Association: Ramallah branch of the YMCA, al Nahda Women's 
Society for the Hearing Impaired Private Radio and Television Stations: al Quds University Educational T.V. and Radio and others 

1. The Health Development Information Policy Unit (HDIP) 
Location: Ramallah Main Street 
The Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute (HDIP) was 
established in 1989 by a group of experienced researchers and health 
practitioners committed to improving the status of health care for all 
Palestinians. An independent, non-profit organization, HDIP specializes in 
policy research and planning concerning development issues and health care 
in Palestine and its publications are widely used by international and 
local development agencies and planners. HDIP also advocates on health care 
issues relevant to marginalized groups like women, youth and the disabled. HDIP 
has served as a consultant for numerous international organizations, including 
the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNDP, UNICEF and 
international and local NGOs. 
 

HDIP is located on Main Street, Ramallah, in the same building complex that 
houses the economic development and rights organzations, Mattin Group, and 
Al Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of 
Jurists.All are currently occupied by IDF soldiers who are using the 
offices as a base, with tanks stationed in the Al Ahliyyeh Street crossing Main 
Street, and barbed wire preventing access. 

On the night of 30 March 2002, a staff member staying in the Al Haq office 
reported Israeli soldiers invading the building at 11:20PM and that both Al 
Haq and HDIP had been entered by Israeli troops.Damage: The extent of the damage cannot be assessed as Israeli troops are currently in control of HDIP offices and environs. Residents have reported soldiers removing cartons and other items from the building. HDIP had 
recently expanded its offices into a very large space below the current 
offices of Mattin Group which HDIP had refurbished and purchased large 
amounts of new computers, office equipment and furniture. 

2. The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, Ramallah 
Location: Ramouni Building, Ramallah off Main Street The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees is a grassroots community-based health organization founded in 1979 by a group of
Palestinian doctors and health professionals to address the problems of the 
decaying and inadequate health infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza 
under Israeli military rule. Now one of the largest Palestinian 
non-governmental organization, UPMRC runs 25 permanent primary health care 
centers, fourteen labs and numerous mobile health units. Its approach is 
preventive, with an emphasis on education and participation. In February 
2001, UPMRC won an award from the World Health Organization. 
 

On 1 April 2002, Israeli tanks shelled the Ramouni Building in downtown 
Ramallah and soldiers ordered all the inhabitants out of the building, 
which houses a main office and emergency medical center of the Union of 
Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (reported on Haaretz web site of the 
same day) Doctors, staff and about fourteen Italian volunteers, including 
Member of the European Parliament Louisa Morgantini, were detained by 
soldiers; television footage showed some staff made to kneel in a nearby 
parking lot. Soldiers entered the building and searched offices. 

Damage: At least one shell entered the office of the UPMRC causing a wall 
to collapse. The Director of UPMRC, Dr. Mustapha Barghouti, reported that most
equipment was destroyed, including computers and a photocopier. Access to 
the Ramouni Building to access damage in more detail is restricted due to 
continued army presence in the area. Other UPMRC facilities invaded by the 
IDF on 31 March 2002 were the UPMRC Youth Club, the UPMRC Optometry Center, 
and the UPMRC Technical Aid for the Disabled Center. 

3. Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, Ramallah Description: Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners (named for Nelson Mandela) was established in 1990 to provide assistance to political 
 

prisoners. Its activities now include the provision of legal and material 
aid to prisoners detained by both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, 
and to their families, and the training of Palestinian police forces in human rights issues. 
Type of Damage: The premises of Mandela were occupied for some days by the 
Israeli Defense Forces. The following is reported by a member of Mandela's 
Board of Directors, who was able to make one visit to the office during the 
lifting of curfew. 

1. External damage The external metal doors to the building, in which 
Mandela's offices are housed, were blown up and completely destroyed 
2. Internal damage 

VANDALISM 
: The offices were completely vandalized. Computers (3 counted) were thrown on the floor, broken furniture and files from cabinets strewn across the floor. Soldiers blocked the toilets leading to sewage over-spilling and ruining fitted carpets. Soldiers defecated in a number of rooms -- the offices are filthy.  B. CONFISCATION: The hard drive of the main computer has been removed. Its contents include Mandela's data base. Due to the imposition of curfew, it has not been possible to check whether other files or documents have been confiscated or destroyed. 
 

C. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE: The IDF used Mandela's office to fire into other 
buildings. As a result 5 office windows were completely destroyed, 
including the aluminum frames. All internal doors, which were locked, were broken 
into and badly damaged. . Impact on work: Mandela has clearly suffered considerable financial loss due to the destruction or damage to equipment, furnishings and physical structure. How 
much data and documentation has been confiscated or damaged is impossible 
to determine under the present curfew. 

4. MATTIN Group (Human Rights) 
Location: Main Street Ramallah 

MATTIN Group is a voluntary partnership specializing in international human 
rights and humanitarian law enforcement. It was occupied on March 29th by 
the same armored infantry and sniper force that occupied al-Haq and HDIP, 
which adjoin it in the same building. 
 

The main entrance door of the office was torn down on the day after the 
army had occupied the premises. Neighbors reported that a large force had 
entered MATTIN's premises and were both carrying in and bringing out a large 
quantity of unidentified objects. 

During the lifting of the curfew on Tuesday, April 2, one of the senior
staff members of the organization attempted to gain entry into the office,
but was not permitted to do so. Based on a soldier's statement, all internal 
doors, as well as the internal walls connecting MATTIN's space with al-Haq 
and HDIP appear to have been broken down by the soldiers. 
In addition to records, computers, and office equipment, among the archives 
the office contains an irreplaceable collection of unpublished documents, 
concerning International Humanitarian Law related diplomacy and other 
similarly important unpublished materials accumulated over a 19-year 
period. 

On Monday, April 8, another attempt by a staff member to approach the 
office was rebuffed by the army. The office building is blocked by barbed wire 
which spans the street on which it is located, and always guarded by at 
least two army vehicles, including tanks and APC's. Because nobody has been 
allowed inside the premises, it is still unclear just how severe the damage 
to the office is, and what has been vandalized, confiscated, and looted by 
the occupation forces. 

5. AL-Haq Human Rights Organization 

Location: Main Street Ramallah 
Description: Founded in 1979, Al -Haq was the first Palestinian human 
rights organization to be established in the occupied territories and is the West 
Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. Through 
activities, such as monitoring of human rights violations committed by both 
the Israeli and Palestinian Authorities, it has a long and internationally 
recognized role in promoting respect for human rights within Palestine. 
Type of Damage: This report was given by a staff member of al- Haq. It is 
based on two quick visits he made to the offices when the curfew was 
lifted. 
 

External Damage: The two front doors broken open and badly damaged. 
Internal Damage: VANDALISM: Furniture broken and over-turned such as couch and filing cabinets. Content of filing cabinets scattered all over the floor; drawers 
forced open and contents rummaged through or scattered 3 computers and one 
printer thrown across floor and broken. Al-Haq has not yet had the opportunity to inspect their laptops for damage SANCTIONED THEFT: As yet, can only confirm1 lap top computer stolen 

CONFISCATION: Computer hard drives removed on a number of computers as well 
as internal electronics likewise taken, leaving only the frame. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE: One window smashed; 3 inner doors broken open anddamaged. Ceiling in places has been smashed from inside 

Impact on work 
Al Haq has been working for 24 years and has built up an extensive archive 
of documents. The full extent of the impact of this vandalism on their work 
depends largely on what can be salvaged from their records and documents. 
These are scattered across the floors of their offices. Due to the curfew 
on Ramallah, staff have not yet had the chance to see whether any papers or 
documents are missing. 

6. Ramallah YMCA (Branch of East Jerusalem YMCA) 

The YMCAs offices in Ramallah serve not only young people in the town but 
it also serves young people in the surrounding villages through its extensive 
field programs. It runs a number of important programs for youth, including 
vocational training for young women, vocational counseling for girls in 
schools, and the career guidance for young people going into the workplace. 
It also assists in constructing community youth centers in surrounding 
villages. 

(Based on preliminary reports issued by the YMCA Main Office in East 
Jerusalem and based on accounts of people who either witnessed some of the 
destruction, and staff who visited the premises briefly during the lifting 
of curfew. It has been impossible to make a full assessment of the damage 
due to the ongoing curfew). 

The YMCA's premises in Ramallah comprise three offices.The building is 
designated by a large outdoor sign on the building. On 8 April 2002 a 
contingent of IDF forces blasted open the main entrance to YMCA building 
and the guard's office. They badly destroyed the elevator and there was 
extensive vandalism in a number of offices including destruction of 
equipment ( computers, overheads and other training aids. Reporters 
for NBC television living in a neighboring building tried to prevent the 
destruction, by repeatedly telling the IDF forces that these were YWCA 
premises, funded largely by US AID. The soldiers ignored them and went on to 
detonate the garage, destroying also the vehicles inside: one car and one 
large van containing valuable educational material, which was used to tour 
villages for educational work. 

7. Private Radio and TV Stations 
The following is based on an on-site visit when the curfew lifted and 
interviews with station managers undertaken by technical consultant to al 
Quds educational Media, Wassim Abdullah and excerpted from an extensive 
report that he wrote which is now posted at a website along with pictures 
of the destruction. See http://www.geocities.com/ramallah 

There are 5 private TV stations and 5 private radio stations in Ramallah, 
as well as the official Palestinian authority radio and TV stations. Most of 
these stations are located in and around the town center, an elevated area 
suitable for maximum broadcasting coverage. In the totality of the 
Palestinian Authority areas there are almost 50 TV and radio stations, more 
than in any surrounding country. This independent media was contributing to 
the building of civil society by fostering an appreciation of free media, 
training in technical skills and reporting, creating local programming, and 
developing an innovative sector. The stations benefited from grants and 
support from the international and local community 

A. Al Quds Educational Television 
Location: on the third floor of the College of Nursing in al-Bireh, near 
the 
entrance to Ramallah. 
The TV station is operated by Al Quds University and broadcasts children's 
programs in addition to public service announcements, medical information 
and emergency services contact information. The institution was open and on 
air with a cartoon show when Israeli soldiers broke in. Two staff operators 
were held for several hours, eventually released and warned not to return. 
Tanks and armored carriers are still on the campus of the college, 
preventing anyone from entering. The station has remained off the air since 
the takeover. External destruction: The 40-watt relay TV transmitter and microwave 
receiver atop the Bakri building in the Minara of Ramallah was destroyed. 
Internal destruction: It is assumed that the state-of-the-art studio and 
operations center have been completely destroyed, since soldiers 
systematically destroyed almost all other TV stations in the Ramallah- 
al-Bireh area. Contents of TV studio: cold lighting, super quiet air 
conditioning system, cameras, audio and video mixers, players/recorders, 
two AVID suites, a computer lab, microwave studio link and our new 250 watt TV 
transmitter, a UPS, a comprehensive children, social and cultural library 
of films, computers for the staff complete with audio, video and data 
networks, office machines. 

B. Al Nasr TV 
Total destruction of equipment/extensive vandalism: Microphones, tapes, 
CD's, monitors, mixers, players/recorders, etc were found spread over the 
floor of the station and completely smashed by sledgehammers. 
C. Manara radio station Total destruction of equipment, extensive vandalism 
D. Ajyal and Angham FM radio stations Location: Bakri building, Ramallah center 
The doorman of the building was forced to open the station door to 
soldiers who used sledgehammers to destroy the two studios, the internet 
streaming and editing computers, the 10 Kw and 3 Kw transmitters and the entire music and program library. Destruction was total. E. Love and Peace FM radio station 
Total destruction of equipment/extensive vandalism. F. Al Quds FM radio station 
The building in which it is located was bombarded and set ablaze. No one 
has been able to enter the building to assess damage. Also ceased broadcasting and feared destroyed: Amwaj TV, Amwaj radio and Al-Watan TV. The buildings where they are situated are still occupied by Israeli soldiers and no one has been able to enter to assess damage. 

OTHER TOWNS/ VILLAGES: 
It has been extremely difficult to access information from most other towns 
since they have remained under curfew without break since they were 
invaded. Also, many re-occupied towns (Jenin, Tulkarim, Nablus etc..) have had no 
electricity or phone lines for the past week). Below is information on 
damages to governmental and non- governmental organizations in areas 
besides Ramallah. All of the following information is very preliminary given that 
it is based on information from people who have reached sites while the curfew 
is still on and thus only a very quick picture could be drawn. 

I. Bethlehem 

1.Municipality Building 
Location: Manger Square 
This report was made by an employee in the emergency services room set up 
in the municipality building. He and another 15 emergency workers were in the 
building when it was invaded by IDF troops. They were detained for a number 
of hours within the building and then taken to a detention center where he 
and others were subsequently released. The information he was able to 
provide was based on his eyewitness account when the events were underway 
and is very preliminary. The IDF continues to occupy the Municipality 
building as of April 13th. 

Destruction: There has been destruction of many external and internal 
doors, as well as many windows smashed. A number of interior walls of the building 
have been destroyed.Destroyed/ vandalized furniture. Approximately twenty mobile stretchers 
were taken from the premises; seven of them were returned severely damaged. Also 
destroyed were three video cameras and a cassette inside one of them was 
confiscated. 
 

II. Anabta Village (Tulkarm District) 
[Employees could make only an initial assessment of damage, due to the 
ongoing curfew.] 

1. Anabta Municipality 
Number of staff: 60 
External destruction 
The entrance door was completely destroyed. 
Internal destruction 
VANDALISM: Just before the incursion, the municipality had transferred some 
archeological artifacts from Tulkarm fearing that they might be destroyed; 
half of the relocated collection was destroyed. The fire-alarm system, the 
central telephone system and individual telephones were destroyed. 
Municipal files were torn and thrown on the ground. The entire library, book shelves 
and books, were thrown on the floor. Some desks were damaged. 
SANCTIONED THEFT: Two municipal computers were taken. In the library, a 
computer and a camera were taken. CONFISCATION: All of the municipality's floppy disks were removed. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE: The windows and doors were broken. 
(Information supplied by Mayor, Hamdallah Hamdallah; who has photos and a 
detailed report on the destruction.) 

2. The Anabta Women's Charitable Organization 
This charitable organization has a staff of 11 and offers health services 
and social and cultural activities for women, provides relief for the poor 
and outreach for the elderly, in addition to operating a preschool (230 
children) and daycare (10 infants). External damage 
The outside wall was blown up with explosives, which also damaged the 
building. The gate had several bullet or shrapnel holes in it. 
Internal destruction VANDALISM: There was a great deal of superficial damage. All of the glass 
was found broken. (Information provided by Itaf Al-Qabbaji ) 

III. Tulkarim 
1. General Union of Palestinian Women, Tulkarim 
The Tulkarim branch of the GUPW is engaged in promoting and marketing 
embroidery and other traditional handicrafts produced by village women in 
the area. External destruction The door was blown open with explosives. 
Internal destruction VANDALISM: All drawers were apparently searched and all files were opened. The office equipment appeared to be intact. Embroidery had been strewn all 
over the floor and stepped on STRUCTURAL DAMAGE : Windows were broken. 
(Information supplied by Fawziyyeh Yahya Aboud) 

2. Rawdat Abna' Al-Ghad 
This is a preschool with 6 employees serving 70 children. 
External destruction Main door destroyed. 
Internal destruction VANDALISM: All of the children's the toys were thrown on the ground and 
many smashed. The wall-to-wall carpeting has been ripped and in some places 
removed, the small puppet theater was destroyed. 
(Information supplied by Fawziyyeh Yahya Aboud) 
 

Report Compiled By: 
Rema Hammami, Birzeit University 
Sari Hanafi, Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Centre, Shaml 
Elizabeth Taylor 
 

Vandecan Myriam 
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