Harassment is not an isolated incident

The verbal harassment of a family in Hebron that is shown in a recent film distributed in media is not uncommon. Arne Huuse, Head of Mission for TIPH, points out that a large number of TIPH reports are concerning Israeli residents being violent and harassing Palestinian residents. (Hebron 11.01.2007)

On Thursday Arne Huuse, Head of Mission of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) commented the video footage released by B’Tselem earlier in the week.

– The verbal harassment that we see in the film is nothing new. A large number of our reports are concerning Israeli residents being violent and harassing Palestinian residents in Hebron.

The incidents reported by TIPH include verbal harassment, destruction of property and throwing of stones and glass bottles at Palestinians. A predominant part of this occurs around the Tel Rumeida area in Hebron.

TIPH continuously through dialogue urges the Israeli Authorities to intervene and stop harassment and violence.

– I would like to commend the IDF and the Israeli Blue Police for the times we observed that they intervened in a professional and effective manner to stop the violence, Mr. Huuse says.

But despite a high permanent presence of the IDF in the vicinity of the settlements, TIPH records show that the number of times interventions efficiently take place is in a minority.

TIPH asks the Israeli Authorities to ensure more pro-active and preventive measures in order to uphold security and public order in the Israeli controlled H2 area of Hebron, particularly in the vicinity of Tel Rumeida and Beit Hadassah.

(Hebron 11.01.2007)