As children have difficulties reaching their schools in a safe way, and often express that they feel unsafe, TIPH has decided to increase its presence near the schools in the most exposed areas of H2.
For the past months, TIPH has observed a worsening of living conditions for the local Palestinian population, including the increase of movement restrictions for Palestinians, especially in H2. Children have difficulties reaching their schools in a safe way, and often express that they feel unsafe. TIPH has therefore decided to increase its presence near the schools in the most exposed areas of H2.
– Being able to go to school, to learn and to play with their friends, is a basic right that all children have, and it is important for TIPH, and for me as Head of Mission, that we do our outmost to make sure that the children in Hebron have that possibility, says Head of Mission Geir Holmenes.
On 13 December, TIPH Head of Mission met with the principal of Qurtuba School, Ms. Nora Nassar and Mr. Jacir Saleh from the Directorate of Education in order to discuss the needs of the children and in what ways TIPH can be of support. Principal Nassar expressed her wish for TIPH to be present, and to provide the schools children with a sense of security. Head of Mission conveyed that the schools are a priority for TIPH and that it aims to be present throughout the city, and especially in known hotspots such as the Old City, Tel Rumeida, Tariq Bin Ziad and Jabal Jawhar.
Later in the morning of 13 December, on the way to Hebron Basic School, Head of Mission entered Tariq Bin Ziad through one of the checkpoints:
– We ended up in the midst of a group of children seemingly on their way to one of the checkpoints, where we frequently observe confrontations between the school children and the IDF. As we came driving, the children focused their attention on us and followed the TIPH car away from the checkpoint, rather than continuing to the checkpoint. I believe that our presence helped avoid altercations and teargas this morning, he said.
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. In signing the 1997 Hebron Protocol, Israeli and Palestinian Authorities have committed to maintaining normal life in Hebron.
TIPH Head of Mission Geir Holmenes with Principal of the Qurtuba School Nora Nassar, Mr. Jacir Saleh from the Directorate of Education and TIPH Liaison Officer.
TIPH Head of Mission at the Qurtuba School.