Spanish FM Met by Demonstrators in Hebron

A Spanish delegation, headed by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Mrs. Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera, visited Hebron as a part of a two day visit to the region. The visit attracted a large amount of journalists and a handful of Jewish settler demonstrators, as Spain is supporting a housing project in down town Hebron. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the visit, but the demonstration was soon dispersed by Israeli Police.

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A Spanish delegation, headed by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Mrs. Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera, visited Hebron as a part of a two day visit to the region. The visit attracted a large amount of journalists and a handful of Jewish settler demonstrators, as Spain is supporting a housing project in down town Hebron. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the visit, but the demonstration was soon dispersed by Israeli Police.

Mrs. Jiménez was shown the down town area by the TIPH Head of Mission, Einar Johnsen. The Spanish delegation was also briefed by the TIPH on Hebron’s history and the current conditions in the city. The delegation could get a first hand impression of the closures and its consequences for business and inhabitants.

The Foreign Minister’s tour of down town Hebron escorted by the TIPH lasted for roughly an hour and Mrs. Jiménez got the opportunity to meet with municipality officials, shop keepers and citizens of down town Hebron. At Old Al-Shuhuda Street Mrs. Jiménez had a conversation with a settler from the downtown settlements, wishing to express the settler community’s view on the situation.

— The visit was a good opportunity to inform a top European Union member state official on our work and the conditions in Hebron. Mrs. Jiménez and the delegation could get a first hand view and familiarise themselves with the situation, says TIPH Head of Mission, Einar Johnsen.

8 February 2011

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