TIPH expelled from Hebron

February marked the 25th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre when twenty-nine people were killed by a far right Israeli settler in Hebron. On the 25th February 1994 Baruch Goldstein calmly entered the Cave of the Patriarchs and gunned down scores of Palestinians during worship.

In the aftermath of this heinous act, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was established as a neutral international force to observe and report alleged human rights abuses. Hebron remains one of the most tense areas affected by Israel’s occupation, and TIPH has played a key part in documenting over 40,000 cases of settler abuse. The marginal sense of security they gave Palestinians has now entirely gone.

Earlier this month Israel expelled the TIPH - meaning no international observers remain in the city. Chris Eijkemans, a local representative for Oxfam, calls the departure of TIPH “a dangerous green light for more violence”.

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