Recieved on February 17, 2002
Dear Friends of Palestinian Sport,

The headquarters of the Palestinian Olympic Committee (POC) were bombed on
February 11, 2002. The POC continues to operate in makeshift offices on the
premises of its bombed facility, albeit without the necessary phone, fax,
and computer equipment. Thankfully, no one was killed in the raid.
Rennovation of the headquarters is already underway.

I would like to take this moment to testify that the POC headquarters are an
entirely non-millitary target. Nor does the POC share its facility with any
civil defense, police, intelligence, navy, or other security related offices
of the Palestinian National Authority.

The  POC focusses exclusively on sport and the representation of Palestinian
national teams in international sport venues and competitions. I have
visited the POC headquarters on all of my trips to Palestine. This bombing
raid is absolutely a case of the Israeli millitary targeting civillian

The POC has sent communications to the appropriate individuals and
institutions in the international sport community regarding this matter.

The POC needs your help to ensure continued access for Palestinian youth to
international sport and cultural exchange! Anyone interested in contributing
to the rebuilding and refurbishing of the POC headquarters is encouraged to
write the Palestine Sports Project at


Ghassan C. Haddad
Palestinian Rowing Federation
Palestine Sports Project