"Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron protested on Thursday against Israeli raids and closures of orphanages and charities linked to Islamist group Hamas.
Israel says the charities, which helped Hamas build support among Palestinians and win a 2006 parliamentary election, provide help to militants. The charities say they are simply aiding ordinary Palestinians.
According to organisers, some 4,000 protesters including children protested in Hebron. They chanted anti-Israeli slogans, waved green banners - the color of the Hamas flag - and held placards reading "They even took our bread".
Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June, Israel has stepped up raids targeting the group's charities and schools in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rival Fatah faction holds sway.
Abbas's government has also sought to crack down on Hamas members and their charities in the West Bank.
Israel Defense Forces troops last month raided the Hamas-linked Islamic Charity Organisation in Hebron, confiscating computers and vehicles from its main office and closing several smaller offshoot institutions, including an Islamic school.
"We are not a terrorist organisation. We are helping orphans and families who have no source of income," said Abu Hamdan, a spokesman for the Islamic Charity Organization....."