Former Head of Mission Arnstein Øverkil died Thursday, 27 Of February 2014, at the age of 77 years. Arnstein Øverkil, or “Overkill” which was his name among his friends here in Hebron, in TIPH and among the Palestinians served as HoM for four periods
Former Head of Mission Arnstein Øverkil died Thursday, 27 Of February 2014, at the age of 77 years.
Arnstein Øverkil, or “Overkill” which was his name among his friends here in Hebron, in TIPH and among the Palestinians, served as HoM for four periods:
• 1st June 1996 – 14th January 1997
• 30th July 1999 – 28th March 2000
• 15th January 2002 – 13th January 2003
• 3rd August 2005 – 31st July 2006
Mr. Øverkil was one of the “Initiative takers” for this mission, one of the “Key players” setting up TIPH as it is today. He was thoroughly dedicated, he strongly believed in this mission.
Øverkil was inspired by working in an International environment, always trying to do his best in “creating a feeling of security” for the Palestinian people. There are many stories have he personally contributed to the welfare of the Palestinians as groups or as individuals.
Every morning he used to check with the local staff if they needed, or missed anything. He really cared about the wellbeing of the Palestinian people, particularly the children. At some occasions he donated personally to contribute to the environment, for instance developing a garden where the children could enjoy their time.
When our local staff needed help for different reasons, Øverkil always provided all necessary help without any hesitation. Our local staff here in TIPH several times experienced his warm heart, and many of them still working here today, will never forget Mr.Øverkil.
TIPH will have flowers for the Funeral, and we send our very best and warm regards to his wife Rigmor and his family. The MFA in Oslo will be present at the Funeral as Coordinator for TIPH.
We thank him for his great contribution to make TIPH in to what it is today.
In the spirit of Arnstein Øverkil’s dedication for TIPH, and love to the Palestinian people, – we will all keep up our good work; – “creating a feeling of security for the Palestinian people”!
May Arnstein Øverkil Rest in Peace.
Head of Mission