On the 30th of June 2007 several shops opened in Bab Al-Baladiyye for the first time in over six years. It is an initiative that TIPH welcomes as it brings back life and commerce to the old city. To support the effort TIPH encourages the Israeli army to remove one roadblock at the municipal square. This would make a clear difference for the reopened shops. (Hebron 30.06.2007)
However, the system of roadblocks and closures enforced and maintained by the Israeli army, prevent the flow of customers and the supply of goods to the reopened shops. This severely reduces the possibility for a sustainable livelihood and could eventually force these shop owners to once again close their businesses.
In the present case the removal of just one such roadblock would make an immediate and clear difference. Therefore TIPH encourages the Israeli army to open this closure on Salah Al-Din Street, close to the old municipal square in Hebron. This would enable traffic to flow through the area and enhance access to the shops.
– I have today notified the responsible Israeli army commander of the need to lift this barrier and the positive consequences thereof, TIPH Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen says.
– It will promote an appropriate environment conducive to the enhancement of the well-being of the citizens of Hebron and their economic development, TIPH Head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen says referring to the mandate of the mission.
TIPH has throughout the years supported projects and initiatives in the old city that promote efforts to restore and maintain normal life in the city.