TIPH welcomes the eviction of illegal occupants from the wholesale market in Hebron

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) welcomes the eviction of the Israeli settlers from the old wholesale market in down town Hebron by the Israeli authorities on the 7th of August. (Hebron 07.08.2007)

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) welcomes the eviction of the Israeli settlers from the old wholesale market in down town Hebron by the Israeli authorities on hte 7th of August 2007.

– That the authorities now carry out the eviction in accordance with the decision made by the Israeli High Court of Justice demonstrates that the laws of Israel apply to everybody, TIPH head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen says.

The old Palestinian wholesale market was closed down and emptied after the massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque / Cave of Machpela in 1994. It was declared a closed military zone, not to be used by civilians. The wholesale market is mentioned specifically in the Protocol Concerning Redeployment in Hebron from 1997 as an area to be reopened.

In the last 48 hours TIPH has recorded a surge of violence around the settlements down town and at the house occupied by settlers since March 2007 on Patriarchs’ Hill. TIPH is concerned about the recent development in the city of Hebron and urges the Israeli authorities to uphold law and order and protect all people living in the area.

– In the light of the ongoing violence and the continuing violation of both Israeli and international law we also encourage the Israeli authorities to evict the settlers occupying the house on Patriarchs’ Hill with no further delay, TIPH head of Mission Karl-Henrik Sjursen also says.