TIPH is a civilian observer mission present in the city of Hebron upon invitation by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The mission was called for by the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel in order to support them in their efforts to improve the situation in Hebron and to create a sense of security for the Palestinians in Hebron. TIPH has existed in the present form since 1997 and the observers come from TIPHs five contributing countries: Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
The Israeli and the Palestinian Authorities agree twice a year if they wish to renew the mandate and sign an extension of the agreement. TIPH is financed exclusively and directly by its five contributing countries.
What we do
TIPH observes and reports on breaches of the agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel on Hebron, as well as on violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. TIPH presents its findings to the five contributing countries and to the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel.
TIPHs mandate states that TIPH is established to promote by their presence a feeling of security to the Palestinians of Hebron and to help to promote stability in the city. The TIPH observers are patrolling seven days a week, all year around in order to assist in the monitoring obligations in the Hebron Agreement. As a civilian observer mission TIPH is not authorised to intervene in incidents or disputes.
About the division of the City of Hebron
TIPH relates to Hebron as one, undivided city. The division of security responsibilities between the Palestinian Police Forces and the Israeli Defence Forces will not divide the city. Movement of people and goods should not be restricted.
Read more about the mandate here.