Israel kicks out observers in Hevron – Netanyahu: We’ll not allow a force that acts against us
⛔ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to extend the mandate of the TIPH observer force in Hevron. “We will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us,” the Prime Minister said.
TIPH has deployed unarmed civilian observers in Hevron since 1997. They were supposed to report on violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws.
TIPH [Temporary International Presence in Hebron] has 13 local staff and 64 other members who come from countries, such as Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.
They were tasked with monitoring compliance with the 1997 agreement that split the city and handed 80% of it to the Palestinian Authority and with 20% of it maintained under Israeli control.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who had urged Netanyahu to make the decision, said that TIPH members had “disturbed IDF soldiers and police, created friction with Jewish residents, cooperated with extremist organizations and promoted delegitimization of Israel.”
Earlier this month, Edran gave Netanyahu a secret police report with data to back up his assertion that the organization is anti-Israel rather than a neutral force and is harmful to both the soldiers stationed in Hevron and the small Jewish community that lives there.
Last year two incidents were caught on video and were highly publicized. In the first, TIPH’s legal counsel can be seen slapping a 10-year Jewish child in the face during a hate tour given by Breaking the Silence. The second showed a staff member slashing a tire of Jewish person’s vehicle in Hevron.