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Palestinian Information Minister: international community must impose sanctions against Israel

Dr. Barghouthi condemned the Israeli government aggression against a number of offices for the PLC and other West Bank charities

Press Statement, 23-05-2007

Ramallah – Minister of Information and Government spokesperson Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi condemned the Israeli storming of a number of offices for the Legislative Council and other organizations and charitable societies in Jenin, Jericho, Hebron and Bethlehem in addition to confiscating and vanadalizing their property.

Dr. Barghouthi said that the Israeli army targeted the Nafha society for the defense of prisoners in Jenin, where these forces destroyed the doors and confiscated computers and files for the prisoners from the society. The Minister of Information added that the Israeli occupation forces also stormed the PLC office in Tubas and confiscated office property and computers, in addition to storming the Naqa Women Society in Bethlehem, Isra’ charitable society in Jericho and the Haj Musbah abu Hanak school in Hebron where the invading forces confiscated two computers and other school records.

Dr. Barghouthi described the Israeli targeting of Palestinian institutions as another crime committed by Israel against the Palestinian people. He pointed out that Israel has gone out of control in violating all rights by targeting and destroying the Palestinian institutions; especially the humanitarian and educational institutions. The Minister of Information expressed dismay over the Israeli targeting to the Natsheh school run by Muslim Youth society in Hebron where 450 student study.

Dr. Barghouthi explained that Israel is perpetrates war crimes and violates the international law by bombarding Gaza and destroying Palestinian institutions and resources in the West Bank and by building the apartheid wall.

Dr. Barghouthi said that the international community is expected, more than ever, to take up its responsibilities and to impose sanctions against Israel to deter it from continuing with its crimes in the Palestinian territories.