Change of command in the TIPH

Brigadier General Einar Johnsen replaced Brigadier General Britt T. B. Brestrup as Head of Mission for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) on 20 September 2010. Brestrup left the mission as scheduled after serving 17 months as Head of Mission.

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Brigadier General Einar Johnsen replaced Brigadier General Britt T. B. Brestrup as Head of Mission for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) on 20 September 2010. Brestrup left the mission as scheduled after serving 17 months as Head of Mission.
 

Einar Johnsen will lead a group of 65 civilian observers from six countries (Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey), observing and reporting on the situation in Hebron.

Experience from various international peacekeeping and peacebuilding assignments from the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Balkans, has taught Johnsen that listening to people’s stories is crucial to comprehend the context international missions are working in.

— I have already spent several years in the Middle East and have a fascination for the region. Now I am eager to meet the people living in Hebron and address the challenges in Hebron, says Johnsen.

The TIPH is a civilian observer mission stationed in the city of Hebron. The mission was called for by the Israeli and the Palestinian authorities in 1997, to support them in their efforts to restore normalcy to the city.

The TIPH observes and reports on breaches of the agreements on Hebron, human rights and international humanitarian law. The reports are forwarded to and discussed with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, as well as the six member countries of the TIPH.

 

20 September 2010