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Presidency: Israel's refusal to renew TIPH's mandate unacceptable

Jan. 29, 2019 11:48 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 2:41 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rdeineh said that Israeli Prime Minister's decision not to renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) means that "it has abandoned the implementation of agreements signed under international auspices and its obligations under these agreements, which is rejected and is unacceptable."

Abu Rdeineh said in a statement "We call on the countries sponsoring this agreement to take a clear stance from this grave Israeli position and to immediately act to pressure the Israeli government to continue implementation of the agreement as agreed and not to treat Israel as a state above the law."

He stressed that "Israel, by its disregard for all signed agreements and its refusal to abide by its obligations, persists in creating an environment for escalation in tension and chaos in the region with unpredictable results."

"This is a proof to the international community that Israel does not respect international resolutions and the agreements signed with it under international auspices. It is a continuation of the policy of Israeli escalation against our people and our land."

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat said that the U.N. should "guarantee the safety and protection of the people of Palestine" until "the end of Israel’s belligerent occupation."

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had announced on Monday evening that Israel will not be renewing TIPH's mandate, an international group that has been monitoring the southern occupied West Bank's city for twenty years.

TIPH is an international civilian observer group that, according to its mandate, is tasked with “monitoring and reporting efforts to maintain normal life in the city of Hebron, thus creating a sense of security among the Palestinians in Hebron.” It also reports alleged human rights abuses and violations of accords in the city between Israel and Palestinians. Observers for the group come from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, and Turkey. TIPH has roughly a dozen staff operating locally and an additional 64 working abroad.

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