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Sharon 'aimed to destroy Palestinian rule'
Stephen Farrell and Janine Di Giovanni, The Times, April 23, 2002

The Palestinians are now convinced that Ariel Sharon, Israel’s Prime Minister, used the anti-terrorist operation as a cover for destroying the Palestinian Authority’s infrastructure to the point where it can never operate again.

Visiting government buildings in Ramallah and Bethlehem, The Times saw scores of offices — some of them intact, others destroyed — where the hard disks had been removed from computers. Ministry of Education officials, forced by Israeli soldiers to open their premises, said they were convinced that the mainly reservist units included computer specialists charged with acquiring and analysing Palestinian Authority data.

In Bethlehem, Ministry of Health archives and computer disks were seized by the Israeli Army, including vital material, such as vaccination records.

At the Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Public Works and other government departments across Ramallah similar scenes testified to the organised removal of computer information, with desks and filing cabinets ransacked for paper records.

“They knew what they were doing. They were trying to destroy the administrative infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority,” Yassir Abed Rabbo, the Palestinian Information Minister, said yesterday. “The fact that files, archives, records, computers and the servers themselves were destroyed shows they wanted to erase our memory, to create chaos, chaos, chaos."
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