TIPH concerned over announced expansion of Israeli settlement

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron is concerned about the consequences of the announced authorized expansion of the Beit Romano settlement in the center of Hebron’s old city.

Beit Romano SettlementThe Temporary International Presence in Hebron is concerned about the consequences of the announced authorized expansion of the Beit Romano settlement in the center of Hebron’s old city.

– Such an expansion of a settlement in the city could be a cause of further friction and actually contradicts promises to freeze settlement construction in the West Bank, Roy C. Grottheim Head of Mission for TIPH says.

TIPH again reminds the Israeli authorities of the increased violence that the recent occupation of a house in Patriarchs’ Hill / Al Ras has led to and is concerned that an expansion of the Beit Romano settlement could further destabilize the situation in Hebron as a whole.

– The authorization from the defense minister contradicts the agreements on Hebron that the government of Israel has signed together with the Palestinian authority, Roy C. Grottheim Head of Mission for TIPH also says, it is not a step in the direction of normalization of the city.

TIPH is a diplomatic civilian observer mission in the West Bank city of Hebron. TIPH was called for during the Oslo peace talks by the Palestinian authority and the Israeli government to assist them in their efforts to restore normalcy to the city of Hebron.

TIPH observes and reports on breaches of the agreements on Hebron and human rights law to the Israeli and Palestinian parties.