15 January 2003

Closure of the Polytechnic University and the Islamic College in Hebron
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

As part of the ongoing war against terrorism and its infrastructures, IDF forces closed last night (14 Jan 2003) three campuses of the Polytechnic University, as well as the Islamic College, both in Hebron.

For years, particularly since the beginning of the current conflict, certain Palestinian academic institutions have become focal points and havens for radical religious and nationalist activity for all the terrorist organizations. The organizations have based most of their operational infrastructure on students, while using the resources at their disposal in the academic institutions.

The activity of the terrorist organizations includes the publication and distribution of incitement materials, recruitment and instruction of hundreds of operatives.

Amongst the suicide bombers that sprouted in the Polytechnic University are: the Jerusalem bombers of 1996, three of the terrorists responsible for the shooting attack along the "Worshippers’ Route" in Hebron, in which 12 Israelis were killed and 16 injured, the terrorist that infiltrated the community of Adura in April 2002, in which 4 Israelis were killed and 7 injured, as well as the terrorist that infiltrated the community of Otniel in December 2002, in which 7 Israelis were killed and 7 more were injured.

Among the many terrorists who studied at the Islamic College in Hebron, is the terrorist responsible for the terror attack near the Southern Command’s Headquarters in Be’er Sheba in February 2002, in which two IDF soldiers were killed. Two students, who are leaders of the military wing of the Hamas in Hebron, admitted during questioning to their direct involvement in the infiltration attack in Karmei Tzur in June 2002, in which three Israelis were killed.

Documents confiscated by IDF forces during Operation Defensive Shield show that in the laboratory of the Department of Chemistry in the Sciences Faculty of the College, the Hamas leadership teaches its operatives how to make explosives later used in terror attacks.

During the IDF operation last night, an explosive charge was detonated toward the IDF forces. There were no casualties among the IDF soldiers.

The large extent of suicide bombers originating from academic institutions is an indication of the graveness of the aforementioned phenomenon. It provides further evidence of the exploitation of academic educational institutions by the Palestinian terror organizations to direct, train and organize the terror infrastructure. Moreover, these facts further demonstrate yet again the exploitation of civilian resources by the Palestinian terror organizations.

   
 Closure of the Polytechnic University and the Islamic College in Hebron-Jan 15- 2003
 Closure of the Polytechnic University and the Islamic College in Hebron-Jan 15- 2003
The Closure of the Polytechnic University and the Islamic College in Hebron – Background – Jan 15, 2003
 Closure of the Polytechnic University and the Islamic College in Hebron-Jan 15- 2003
Incitement materials found in the Palestinian colleges in Hebron – IDF Spokesman, Jan 15, 2003