TIPH biannual Capitals’ Meeting held in Hebron

On 5 November, TIPH welcomed representatives from its six contributing countries (Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey) to the TIPH headquarters in Hebron for its biannual Capitals’ Meeting.

On 5 November 2015, TIPH welcomed representatives from its six contributing countries (Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey) to the TIPH headquarters in Hebron for its biannual Capitals’ Meeting.

Contributing countries reconfirmed their full commitment to the comprehensive implementation of the mandate given to TIPH and reassured their support to the city of Hebron and its local population. Together with TIPH observers, representatives were offered a tour in the Old City for them to receive first-hand information and impressions of the deteriorating situation especially in H2..

– The representatives expressed their appreciation of the efforts of the observers working in TIPH and encouraged them to continue their invaluable work. It is important that the contributing countries come to Hebron to see the situation and the important work of the observers first hand, said TIPH Head of Mission Geir Holmenes.

For the past months, TIPH has observed a dramatic worsening of living conditions for the local Palestinian population, including the increase of movement restrictions for Palestinians, especially in H2.. TIPH expresses its concern about these developments and reminds all involved to uphold their commitments towards the full implementation of the 1997 Hebron Protocol.

– In signing the 1997 Hebron Protocol, Israeli and Palestinian Authorities have committed to maintaining normal life in Hebron. Freedom of movement is essential for the normalisation of life in the City of Hebron and enshrined by a number of International Human Rights instruments. It is moreover a precondition for other rights such as the right to education, access to health and adequate standard of living, said TIPH Head of Mission Geir Holmenes.

In response to the escalation of violence in its area of responsibility, TIPH has increased its presence and activities in the city and strengthened its liaison work with both Parties. TIPH calls on all sides to take appropriate measures to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation further.

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TIPH contributing countries’ representatives walking in Old Al Shallala Street on 5 November, 2015. Usually bustling with business, the shops in the street close regularly due to increased tension in the area. 

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Representatives visiting the former Old Gold Souq of Hebron, closed by an Israeli military order since 2000.

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Participants visiting the Old Souq in Hebron.

Published on 8 November, 2015