Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Silencing the Observers in Palestine

Netanyahu on Monday said he close down the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), accusing it of bias.

"We will not allow the continued presence of an international force that acts against us"
TIPH was established in in the 1990s in response to deadly violence against Palestinians. TIPH was created to assist in "monitoring and reporting efforts to maintain normal life in the city of Hebron, thus creating a sense of security among the Palestinians in Hebron."  The unarmed, civilian mission comprises 64 observers. Its member countries are Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, along with Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
Israeli officials have accused some of the mission's members of failing to exercise neutrality. Last month, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said a confidential TIPH report showed Israel "regularly breaks international law in Hebron."

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