|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.
ACTION: Keep international observers in Hebron
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”.
As Palestinian activists we have a responsibility to fight Israel’s ongoing attempts to close down human rights organisations and freeze out the international community. Israel must be held accountable – but this requires you to act!