Israel to Expel International Observation Force from Hebron

Israeli soldiers regularly raid schools and homes in the West Bank. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would eject a foreign force set up to help safeguard Palestinians in Hebron (Al-Khalil), accusing the observers of anti-Israel activity, Reuters reports.

In a statement announcing that the Temporary International Presence in Hebron’s (TIPH) mandate would not be renewed, Netanyahu said:

“We will not allow the continued presence of an international force that acts against us.”

The statement did not elaborate on the alleged misconduct of TIPH, which draws staff from Norway, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. The TIPH website says the force works on six-month mandates but did not specify when the current one expires.

A force spokesman declined to comment. Palestinians denounced the move. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said:

“The Israeli government’s decision means it has abandoned the implementation of agreements signed under international auspices and given up its obligations under these agreements.”

The TIPH was set up after a settler killed 29 Palestinians at a Hebron shrine holy to both Muslims and Jews in 1994.

Most world powers consider Jewish settlements in the West Bank, where Palestinians want a state, to be illegal. Israel disputes this, and the rightist Netanyahu has played up his pro-settler credentials as he seeks reelection in an April 9 ballot.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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1 Comment

  1. very rarely do we receive substantive international news from traditional outlets. In my city without digging news from, overseas is almost like finding gold on a New York Street. This confirmed what A man told me about the conditions over there. No Justice.

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