The week that past: 6-12 December

During the week that past, TIPH met with the mayor of Hebron and with representatives from the Danish Embassy on Tel Aviv and the Representation Office in Ramallah. TIPH joined NGOs working in the city in a visit by UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities Mr. Robert Piper to Hebron. TIPHs Gender Adviser and Community Relations Office took part in a meeting addressing alternatives to violence.

During the week that past TIPH Head of Mission met with the mayor of Hebron and with representatives from the Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Representative Office in Ramallah. TIPH joined NGOs working in the city in a visit by UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities Mr. Robert Piper to Hebron. TIPHs Gender Adviser and Community Relations Office took part in a meeting addressing alternatives to violence.

On 8 December, HOM met with the Mayor of Hebron, Mr. Dawood Zatari to discuss the situation in the city and particularly on the restrictions imposed on the Palestinians, restricting freedom of movement and negatively affecting the commerce in the city.

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TIPH Head of Mission Geir Holmenes with Mayor of Hebron Mr. Dawood Zatari.

On 8 December 2015 TIPH took part in the visit of the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities Mr. Robert Piper to Hebron. The delegation visited the city to see first-hand the situation of human rights defenders in Hebron, as well as the restrictions for the Palestinians.

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TIPH Head of Research, Analysis and Information, Roman Hunger briefing the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities Mr. Robert Piper.

On the same day TIPH received representatives of the Austrian Representative Office as well as a delegation of members of the Italian Parliament at the TIPH HQ.

On 7 December HOM hosted a dinner for the Area Commander and the Head of DCO at the TIPH headquarters to discuss the developing situation in the city.

On 9 December TIPH HOM made a visit to the Danish Representation Office in Ramallah and where he met with Representative Anders Tang Friborg and Head of Cooperation Esther Lonstrup. On 11 December TIPH HOM made a visit to the Embassy of Denmark in Tel Aviv, where he met with Ambassador Jesper Vahr and Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Signe Biering Nielsen. The visits are part of a series of meetings that the Head of Mission conducts with the embassies, representational offices and consulates of TIPHs contributing countries during November and December. Among other things, Head of Mission discussed the situation in Hebron with the representatives of Denmark.

On 10 December HOM visited Hebron DCL for a convention with the Yehuda’s Brigade Commander. The convention focused on the security situation and concluding the year of 2015 and contained briefings by the International Organisations officer of Hebron and the Brigade Commander, Col. Yariv Ben Ezra as well as a Q&A from the international organisations for the Brigade Commander.

On 12 December, TIPHs Gender Adviser and one Community Relation Officer took part in the final meeting in a series of Alternative to Violence workshops, led by Dr. Mariam from Aman society. 17 women and 2 men participated in the meeting. The programme is similar to the Alternative to Violence project that TIPH is supporting for children and the schools in H2, also led by Aman society. All the participants were satisfied with the course and expressed a wish to continue on the advanced level training. Several said that they had learned how to cope with negative feelings and that they were feeling more relaxed than before they started the classes.

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TIPHs Gender Adviser with participants in an Alternatives to Violence programme organised by Aman Society. 

TIPH signed the agreement to support an Alternatives to Violence project with Aman Society in August 2015. The project targets students, parents, and teachers in the H2 area of Hebron, an area where the level of violence is traditionally high. The programme allows students to be trained in using non-violent tools for interpersonal conflict resolution, especially for conflicts taking place at home, in schools, the workplace or within the community at large. It encourages students to express their anger and energy in positive ways. The project also includes individual counselling for both students and parents.

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The signing of the agreement with Aman Society on 11 August 2015.