Israeli Army Destroys Equipment at Palestinian Printing Firm During Raid

The owners, however, deny that they produced material that seeks to incite Palestinians against Israelis.

Destroyed equipment of the Ibn Khaldun printing company, March 2017.
Ibn Khaldun printing company (Courtesy)

The army raided a printing company in the West Bank city of Tul Karm two weeks ago, destroying computers, servers and other equipment that the owners say did not produce material meant to incite Palestinians against Israelis.

The Israel Defense Forces, however, says it has evidence that the printed material aimed to do just that.

According to the owners, the soldiers destroyed equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and it’s not clear why they simply did not impound it. The owners deny rumors they have printed posters for Hamas.

The soldiers did not explain the purpose of the raid and did not show a legally required seizure order, the owners say. Since the raid the Ibn Khaldun printing house, which has been operating since 1968, has been shut down.

The design and preproduction departments were completely destroyed, the owners say. Pictures of the damage appear to show broken computers on the floor, ruined servers and damaged security cameras. The soldiers allegedly covered the cameras to prevent the raid from being filmed.

A destroyed computer at the Ibn Khaldun printing company, Tul Karm, March 2017.
Ibn Khaldun printing company (Courtesy)

In a letter to the IDF legal adviser in the West Bank, the owners say they have no history of security offenses and support peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. They say they refuse to be affiliated with and do not work for any political party, movement or organization defined as a terror group.

If they learn that an employee is affiliated with Hamas or any similar group, they will fire him, the owners say in the letter written by their lawyers.