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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last week that he would be expelling the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), an international observatory task force that monitors Israeli human rights violations in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

“We will not allow the presence of an international force that operates against us,” Netanyahu said in his announcement, which came just one month after a confidential TIPH report citing numerous Israeli  violations of international law in Hebron was circulated in the media.

(Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

TIPH was established in 1994 as part of the Oslo Accords, after an American-Israeli settler entered the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City and shot and killed 29 Palestinians during the morning prayer.

The group — which consists of staff from Norway, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey — officially began its work in 1988, following the establishment of an illegal Israeli settlement in the middle of the city and the permanent deployment of Israeli armed forces in the area.

TIPH existed under a mandate that was renewed every six months by Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), and was up for renewal on January 31.

While no official time frame was given on TIPH’s removal from the city, the foreign ministers of the five countries that staffed TIPH issued a joint statement on Friday, saying they had no choice but to cease the mission’s operations.

“The TIPH will therefore close down in an orderly, safe and dignified manner within a realistic time frame. We call on both parties to assist and facilitate the TIPH through this process and remind them of their responsibilities for the security and inviolability of the TIPH,” the foreign ministers said.

Since its deployment in Hebron, TIPH has served as an observer and reporter on rights abuses in the city, and according to its mission statement, the group serves to “promote by their presence a feeling of security to the Palestinians of Hebron and to help to promote stability in the city.”

Its staff members maintain a visible presence throughout the city, especially in “known hotspots,” where they patrol areas to “monitor and observe the situation in the city,” and maintain a 24-hour hotline where Palestinians can call to inform the group of anything from arbitrary checkpoint closures and detentions to settler violence.

While TIPH is one of many international organizations who work to promote security for Palestinians in Hebron, it is the only organization that had an official diplomatic mandate allowing for its staff members to obtain Israeli-issued visas to stay in the country.

Without the presence of TIPH’s more than 60 staffers in Hebron, other rights groups operating in the city now fear that not only will their work will be subject to further scrutiny by Israeli authorities, but Israeli forces and settlers in the city might feel more emboldened in their attacks on Palestinian residents.

Under the condition of anonymity for themselves and the organization they work with, for fear they could be targeted by Israel, staff members of a human rights group operating in Hebron spoke to Mondoweiss about their fears and concerns in the wake of TIPH’s expulsion.

Hebron a ‘microcosm’ of Israeli occupation

Following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994, Hebron’s Old City was divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas, known as H1 and H2, the latter being home to some 800 notoriously violent Israeli settlers.

Some 40,000 Palestinians living in H2 are constantly surrounded by more than one thousand Israeli soldiers and 20 military checkpoints that restrict their every move.

The high concentration of armed Israeli soldiers and settlers has turned the city into a major flashpoint in the occupied West Bank, where human rights violations are a daily occurrence.

“Hebron is a microcosm of the occupation,” ‘M.’, a human rights worker in the city told Mondoweiss. “You see everything there, which is why the presence of international observers like us and TIPH is so important,” he said.

M. works for an organization with a similar mission to TIPH: “The main work we do in Hebron is accompaniment work, monitoring and documentation, and third party advocacy,” he said.

The group’s staff, which number around six in Hebron, work around the clock, seven days a week, accompanying children as they pass through militarized checkpoints on their way to school from Sunday-Thursday, observing and assisting the safe passage of Muslim worshipers to the Ibrahimi Mosque on Fridays, and monitoring settler violence against Palestinians which typically increases on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

“We also conduct emergency responses in situations like arrests and detentions, home raids, and settler violence,” M. said.

“In a place like Hebron, you need to be ready to work basically 24/7,” C., a colleague of M.  continued. “The occupation of Palestine is ongoing, its 24/7, so we are always on call,” he said.

‘Emboldened’ under Trump

The expulsion of TIPH, according to Israeli media, was brought on by two incidents involving TIPH staff members in the Old City, and increasing pressure from Netanyahu’s right-wing base to cancel the group’s mandate.

According to Haaretz, in one case, Israeli police alleged that a TIPH worker was filmed puncturing the tires of a vehicle belonging to an Israeli settler living in Hebron. Another TIPH observer from Switzerland was deported from Israel after allegedly slapping a settler boy.

Following those incidents, Netanyahu summoned the mission’s chief in July for a meeting, Haaretz reported.

Despite the increasing Israeli government and media scrutiny of TIPH, M. and C. said they were still surprised when the expulsion was announced.

“It did come as quite a shock to us, especially given the fact that they are the only group diplomatic mission in the area,” M. said. “But when you consider upcoming Israeli election, the move makes more sense.”

“Netanyahu wants to prove a point, and the settlers in Hebron really hate all of us, and TIPH specifically,” he continued.

C., who is an American citizen, told Mondoweiss that he believes the Trump administration and it’s policies on Palestine over the past few years have played a significant role in Israel’s targeting of TIPH and groups like it.

“What we’re seeing is Netanyahu, the Israeli occupying forces, and settlers, have all been emboldened by the current US administration under Trump,” he said.

“Netanyahu wants to satisfy the settlers, and under Trump, they can get away with anything, including the expulsion of a mandated international presence,” C. continued. “The Israelis have always acted with impunity, but this is a whole other level.”

‘There will be an escalation in violence’

Both M. and C. expressed concerns to Mondoweiss that the absence of TIPH could make their work, and the situation for residents in Hebron, increasingly difficult in the future.

“The situation for human rights workers in Palestine is already getting worse and worse,” M. said, adding that in 2018, her organization saw a steep rise in the amount of staffers that were denied entry into the country.

“We are just a small team that cannot cover all areas that they [TIPH] covered, they are 64 people and we are only 6,” M. said. “We will continue to work in the best capacity we can, but the work TIPH does was really important.”

“Lets say a child is arrested. One of the organizations we inform to is TIPH, because they have their own liaison office with the Israelis and Palestinians,” M. continued. “Because they have resources we do not, when an arrest happens, they immediately start working on the case and follow up. That is something that will be missed here.”

M. and C. said they believe the expulsion of TIPH from Hebron could result in the increased harassment of international observers like themselves in the city, and disproportionately affect local Palestinian human rights workers and civilians.

“I think there will be an escalation in violence,” M. said, highlighting the fact that members of her organization already face harassment in the form of arbitrary stops at checkpoints, soldiers taking photos of workers’ passports, denying their staff access to certain streets, etc.

C. continued, pointing out the fact that the harassment faced by international observers is just a small taste of what Palestinians experience every day under occupation.

“At the end of the day, this isn’t about us,” he said. “These threats and forms of violence are an everyday reality for Palestinians.”

“Why is Israel so scared of people from around the world coming to do nonviolent accompaniment?” he asked. “What are they scared of? People need to ask, what are they hiding?”

Yumna Patel

Yumna Patel is the Palestine correspondent for Mondoweiss. Follow her on Twitter at @yumna_patel

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  1. eljay on February 6, 2019, 2:20 pm

    Once he gets rid of the witnesses and the cameras King Bibi may not even wait for the dark before green-lighting more Zionist evil in territory outside of Israel’s / Partition borders.

    • Misterioso on February 7, 2019, 9:25 am

      Meanwhile:

      https://jewishcurrents.org/report/the-schism-is-here/

      Jewish Currents, Jan. 31/19

      “The Schism is Here” by Noah Kulwin

      “SHORTLY AFTER THEIR ELECTION this past November, a number of freshman left-wing Congressional Democrats announced that they would not be embarking on one of Washington’s most sacred rites of passage: an AIPAC-organized trip to Israel. These trips, which cost AIPAC around $10,000 a person, are essential instruments of the country’s largest pro-Israel lobbying group. They present an illusion of political moderation (the politicians meet with a handful of AIPAC-selected Palestinians), and gesture at a forgotten tradition of bipartisan Beltway consensus.

      “Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the freshman most vocal about AIPAC and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and herself a Palestinian-American, went a step further this week. She aims to organize an alternative Congressional delegation to the West Bank, completely unattached to AIPAC. In response, Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a staunch AIPAC loyalist, told journalists that ‘instead of [Tlaib] talking about things, she’s new here, she ought to listen and learn and open her mind and then come to some conclusions.’ Tlaib, in turn, invited Engel to join her in Palestine.

      “For years, observers have speculated about when the Washington bipartisan consensus on Israel would crack; in a 2014 New Yorker piece on AIPAC, Connie Bruck noted an emerging ‘schism’ between American Jews that posed a threat to Washington’s longstanding pro-Israel consensus. That ‘Great Schism,’ as Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times recently described it, is now in full bloom, and it extends far beyond just the communal politics of American Jews.

      “The events of the past week have crystallized this schism more than anything else in recent memory: the Senate’s vote to advance legislation that would allow states to break or withhold contracts from companies that boycott the Israeli government, the launch of a new political advocacy group called the Democratic Majority for Israel, and the Engel-Tlaib scuffle over the proposed trip to occupied Palestine.

      “The Senate vote concerned what was initially a fairly standard measure written to reauthorize foreign aid to the Israeli and Jordanian governments, but Senate Republicans (Marco Rubio chief among them) with the assistance of AIPAC amended the ‘Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019’ with the BDS provision in order to, as the New York Times put it, ‘draw out the new generation of insurgent liberal representatives who have been critical of Israel.’ The bill passed by a margin of 74-19, with seven abstentions.

      “The lopsided roll call vote belies the bitter fight over the bill during the past two months. Senate Democratic leaders who ended up voting for the bill, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, all refused to even consider the legislation until Republicans agreed to a bill that ended the government shutdown. At the same time, civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union exerted significant leftward pressure on Democrats not to support the bill at all because of the First Amendment implications of the Rubio-added provision targeting BDS activism.

      “Though Senate Democrats showed rare spine in refusing to vote for the bill during the shutdown, a slim majority of them ultimately voted to pass the bill this week. However, of the bold-name 2020 contenders in the Senate—Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker—it is notable that the first three voted no and the last two did not vote.

      “It’s easy to understand why, say, Senators Chuck Schumer or Bob Menendez would be comfortable joining forces with Republicans to go after BDS activists, as the two senior Democrats are enthusiastic allies of AIPAC and the Israeli government. Sanders and Warren’s motivations are no mystery either, as they’ve been staking out more progressive foreign policy positions for some time now. Though Gillibrand was once publicly cozy with AIPAC, she and the Israel lobby soured on one another after she withdrew her support from previous anti-BDS legislation that failed to get off the ground in 2017.

      “Harris and Booker are a different story. Both politicians have long had friendly relationships with pro-Israel groups (excepting Booker’s vote for the Iran deal in 2015) and both have courted influential pro-Israel donors. Harris gave a private speech at AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington just last year. Their defections, while an aberration given the Democratic Party’s still-strong support for Israel in the Senate, suggest that new lines about what it means to be pro-Israel are being drawn ahead of 2020.

      “A RECENT BuzzFeed News report declared that ‘Israel Will Be The Great Foreign Policy Debate Of The Democratic Primary,’ citing interviews with a variety of named and unnamed Democratic political figures. Though the central contention of the headline is flimsy, the facts of the piece point to a now-stark divide among Democratic politicians.

      “Marco Rubio nakedly intended to exploit this division with the anti-BDS amendment. By getting the bill through the Senate with the amendment intact, the Republicans will force House Democrats to vote against the bill, allowing Republicans to claim the mantle as the American political party that loves Israel the most. That pro-Israel sentiment among Democratic voters is sinking is beside the point; what’s at stake here are powerful, motivated donors who until now have split their dollars in an at least somewhat balanced way among Democrats and Republicans.

      “Pro-Israel forces in the Democratic Party establishment see which way the wind is blowing, which explains the arrival of the Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) and its affiliated PAC to support pro-Israel Democrats. The purpose of DMFI, as described by the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, is ‘to counter the rising skepticism on the left toward the Jewish state by supporting lawmakers and candidates in 2020 who stand unwaveringly with the country.’ Sometime later this year, the group will officially launch a political action committee to directly fund candidates who align with the group’s vision; according to Martin, though not officially a part of DMFI, House Democratic Caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries could ‘be one of the first beneficiaries of the new group’ to help him ward off a future primary challenge from the left.

      “In an interview with Jewish Currents, Mark Mellman, DMFI’s chief and a longtime fixture of pro-Israel Democratic circles, declined to state who was financing the group (‘We literally opened a bank account today,’ he stated in a Tuesday evening interview, noting that he is the only staff member of the group at the moment). But DMFI’s leadership points to the group’s likely base of support, as its board is stocked with AIPAC-affiliated politicians and activists: ex-Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, long time Hillary Clinton adviser Ann Lewis, Coca-Cola executive Peter Villegas (an AIPAC “national council” member), among others. Though Mellman refused to name any specific individuals whose influence in the Democratic Party worried him, he expressed concern about some ‘straws in the wind.’

      “Mellman is underselling it. For decades, AIPAC and the like have not had to contend with multiple, outright supporters of BDS in Congress, or ascendant left-wing groups sympathetic to the Palestinian cause like the Democratic Socialists of America. The bipartisan ‘consensus,’ which was itself always a mirage, constructed on the distance between what issues donors and Democratic voters actually care about, is beginning to fracture. A study published in 2017 by the former Israeli Consul General of New York found that Israel no longer figures among the five most important issues for largely Democratic-leaning American Jewish voters, a finding confirmed by a J Street poll last year which ranked Israel ’12th on a list of 14 issues’ prioritized by American Jews. The void in pro-Israel support has been more than filled by enthusiastic Christian Zionists; of the US embassy move to Jerusalem last year, Trump himself said that ‘evangelicals appreciate it more than the Jews.’

      “The single reason for DMFI’s existence, Eliot Engel’s sniping at Rashida Tlaib, and the Republican BDS bill ploy is that the Democratic Party is drifting from the hardline Israel politics masked for the last few decades by the guise of bipartisanship. This doesn’t mean that the American government’s relationship with Israel is about to radically change, but it does suggest that the overdue fight to make such a change has finally arrived.”

  2. amigo on February 6, 2019, 3:10 pm

    ““Why is Israel so scared of people from around the world coming to do nonviolent accompaniment?” he asked. “What are they scared of? People need to ask, what are they hiding?”

    Mondonut , perhaps you might chime in and tell us why the zionist victims in Hebron are so scared.

    Or is this not a subject suitable for a professional troll , such as yourself.

    • mondonut on February 6, 2019, 8:56 pm

      amigo Mondonut , perhaps you might chime in

      Let’s see…

      Israel is not scared.
      The observers are proven to not be non-violent.
      Israel has nothing to hide.
      Residents of Hebron are not scared of the observers.
      I am not a professional troll.
      The observers were not “expelled”.
      The observers have no right to be in Hebron.
      TIPH is not a mandated international presence.

      • Marnie on February 7, 2019, 12:00 am

        ‘Israel is not scared’.
        ISRAEL IS SCARED SHITLESS, HENCE THE OCCUPATION.
        ‘The observers are provent o be non-violent’
        BY WHO – ANAT COHEN?
        ‘Residents of Hebron are not scared of the observers.”
        THEY KILL AND MAIM WITH IMPUNITY, A HALLMARK OF THEIR FEAR.
        ‘I am not a professional troll’.
        BWAAAHHAAAAHHAAAAHHAAAAHAAHHHAAAAHAAAHHAHAAAHHAAAHHAAAA!!!!!!!
        ‘The observers were not ‘expelled’.
        YOU DIDN’T READ THE ARTICLE.
        ‘The observers have no right to be in Hebron’.
        AS LONG AS THE SETTLERS EXIST, OBSERVERS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE WHERE THEY ARE.

      • eljay on February 7, 2019, 8:30 am

        || mondonut: … The observers are proven to not be non-violent. … ||

        Israel and its colonists are proven to be violent and supremacist.

        || … The observers have no right to be in Hebron. … ||

        Israel and its colonists have no right to be in Hebron.

      • Misterioso on February 7, 2019, 10:37 am

        @mondonut

        Obviously, Netanyahu and his gang of murderous, thieving thugs do not want the world to know about the ongoing, accelerating crimes they are committing against the indigenous Palestinian Arabs.

        https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-member-nations-of-hebron-monitoring-force-slam-israeli-decision-to-terminate-mandate-1.6898014

        “Member Nations of Hebron Monitoring Force Slam Israeli Decision to Terminate Mandate”

        “Foreign ministers of Norway, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey say Netanyahu’s decision represents ‘departure from Oslo accords,’ deny observers were acting with an anti-Israeli bias.”

        By Noa Landau Feb 02, 2019 , Haaretz

        EXCERPT:
        “Israel’s expulsion of the international task force monitoring the West Bank city of Hebron violates the Oslo II Accord, the foreign ministers of the five countries comprising the force said in a joint statement issued Friday.

        “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he would not renew the Temporary International Presence in Hebron’s mandate.

        “Friday’s statement, signed by the foreign ministers of Norway, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey, expressed concern that the decision ‘undermines one of the few established mechanisms for conflict resolution between Israelis and Palestinians,’ and emphasized Israel’s legal obligations to protect residents of Hebron and the rest of the West Bank.

        “The signatories said they ‘strongly object to any claims that TIPH acted against Israel,’ calling the claims ‘unacceptable and ungrounded.'”

        “The German foreign ministry lamented the decision to remove the task force without a replacement, saying in a statement that ‘Hebron is one of the places where the consequences of the conflict are particularly tangible’ and the TIPH contributed to de-escalate conflict between settlers and Palestinians as well as it could.”

        Furthermore:
        https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-confidential-report-claims-israel-regularly-breaks-international-law-in-hebron-1.6747523

        “Confidential Report Based on 20 Years of Monitoring Claims: Israel Regularly Breaks International Law in Hebron” by Uri Blau, Haaretz, Dec. 17/18

        EXCERPT:
        “The international monitoring force, recognized by Israel, disputes land ownership of settlers, slams restrictions on movement and worship, and says ‘normal life’ is nowhere to be found in the West Bank city.

        “An international observatory task force established two decades ago to monitor the divided West Bank city of Hebron has produced its most exhaustive and damning internal report on Israel’s actions in the city,…”

      • amigo on February 7, 2019, 11:26 am

        “Israel is not scared” mondodenut.

        Of course it is.That is why they refused to allow in outside investigators after Cast Lead .

        The Nazis refused to allow anyone in to the camps because they wanted to get on with their vile crimes without being found out.

        Same difference.

        “The observers are proven to not be non-violent.”mnut

        I get it , one or to of them attempted to intervene when some Palestinian women were being attacked by the settler (illegal) scum , your friends .

        Please do provide a source for this accusation.

        “Israel has nothing to hide.” mnut

        Suspects who have nothing to hide usually cooperate less they be seen as having something to hide.In the real world , that is .

        Except in la la land without borders.

        Btw, Israel is hiding 100 to 400 nukes.

        “I am not a professional troll.” mnut

        Ok , you are an amateur troll.

        “The observers have no right to be in Hebron.” mnut

        Correction!!

        The illegal settler scum have no right to be there.

        There, mnut, I fixed it for you.

      • genesto on February 7, 2019, 12:28 pm

        Uh,
        Israel IS scared – scared of all of its crimes finally being exposed to
        the world.
        Israel has a WHOLE HISTORY of crimes against the Palestinians to
        hide.
        Residents are wary of such observers, as they should be. Their
        despicable behavior is somewhat tempered, though not eliminated, by the
        presence of these observers.
        If you aren’t a ‘professional troll’, you should be, i.e. Israel should be
        paying you for your outstanding propaganda services.
        The observers were most certainly expelled.
        The SETTLERS have no right to be in Hebron. Israel, for that matter,
        HAS NO RIGHT TO BE IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, PERIOD!
        TIPH doesn’t have to be a mandated presence. Read above.

      • Talkback on February 7, 2019, 3:58 pm

        mondonut: “The observers have no right to be in Hebron.”

        Says who? The occupier who has no right to be in Hebron or its illegal colonists who have no right to be in Hebron?

      • mondonut on February 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

        @Marnie, @eljay, @Misterioso, @amigo, @genesto, @Talkback

        Well, it appears the whole gang is here. And as always devoid of substance but with an endless supply of name-calling, invective, Godwin invoking, and pointless cut and pasting.

        For the record, the indigenous Jewish people of Hebron comprise one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. They have been in Hebron continuously for thousands of years, with the exception of a brief period of ethnic cleansing after the 1929 Arab Pogrom. The Jewish community predates the Arab conquest of the Levant, so of course they have every right to be there. Sadly, it requires a small army to guarantee their survival and religious rights. So I stand corrected, the Jewish community does have something to fear, namely their slaughter at the hands of their Arab neighbors. But of course the TIPH has no interest in preventing that.

        As for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (emphasis on Temporary) who were in Hebron as part of a recurring mutual agreement, that agreement is expiring. Consequently it is time for them to leave. They are not being “expelled”, they are leaving as agreed with the ending of their mandate. All the pearl clutching in the world does not change the simple fact that when mutual agreements are no longer mutual, the agreement ends.

        And once again, oh lordy, Israel has borders.

      • eljay on February 7, 2019, 8:30 pm

        || mondonut: @Marnie, @eljay, @Misterioso, @amigo, @genesto, @Talkback … ||

        And @mondonut.

        || … Well, it appears the whole gang is here. And as always devoid of substance but with an endless supply of name-calling, invective, Godwin invoking, and pointless cut and pasting. … ||

        See? Zionists and non-Zionists can get along!  :-)

        || … For the record, the indigenous Jewish people of Hebron comprise one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. … ||

        That’s terrific. But Israel and its colonists have no business being in Hebron.

        || … As for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (emphasis on Temporary) who were in Hebron as part of a recurring mutual agreement, that agreement is expiring. Consequently it is time for them to leave. … ||

        They leave but Israel and its colonists unjustly and immorally remain.

      • Talkback on February 8, 2019, 4:54 am

        mondonut: “Israel has nothing to hide.”

        Comedy gold! ROFL. That must be the reasons it wants neither witnesses nor international investigations. Do they pay you to make such ludicrous statements or do they teach this in Zionist kindergardens?

        mondonut: “Well, it appears the whole gang is here. And as always devoid of substance but with an endless supply of name-calling, invective, Godwin invoking, and pointless cut and pasting.”

        Why do you list me? I only asked who says that “The observers have no right to be in Hebron”. The illegal occupier or its illegal colonists? You obviously don’t want to truthfully answer this question.

        mondonut: “They have been in Hebron continuously for thousands of years, with the exception of a brief period of ethnic cleansing after the 1929 Arab Pogrom.”

        Yes, mondonut, but don’t forget to point out that they are JEWS. You wouldn’t make the same arguments for Nonjews, you racist hypocrit.

        mondonut: The Jewish community predates the Arab conquest of the Levant, so of course they have every right to be there.”

        Not as Israelis. And again, please point out that you only claim for Jews to have a right to be somewhere, if they have been there for centuries, you racist hypocrit.

        mondonut: “Sadly, it requires a small army to guarantee their survival and religious rights.”

        Well, a small army wouldn’t do the job in the case of Hebron’s Palestinians which whose and rights have never been guaranteed.

        mondonut: “So I stand corrected, the Jewish community does have something to fear, namely their slaughter at the hands of their Arab neighbors.”

        Strange. The monitoring group was established , because Palestinians were slaughtered at the hands of a Jewish neighbor called Goldstein. But you know how to twist the truth, don’t you?

        mondonut: “But of course the TIPH has no interest in preventing that.”

        It would be the occupiers job to prevent settler vioence. But of course it has neither an interest nor a mandate to do that.

        mondonut: “They are not being “expelled”, they are leaving as agreed with the ending of their mandate. ”

        Agreed by whom? Definetly not the 80% indigenous Non-Jewish people of Hebron who want them to stay there. But hey, majority ruling is only a thing if Jews are a majority, right? Is the Apartheid state going to turn Hebron into a “Jewish community”, too? With the same expulsion methods like in 1948?

        Introduction: The “quiet transfer” in Hebron
        https://www.btselem.org/video/2009/10/introduction-quiet-transfer-hebron

        Breaking the Silence about Israel’s occupation of Hebron
        “The idea is to make life so intolerable the Palestinians will choose to expel themselves,” Mr Even-Paz says.”
        https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/breaking-the-silence-about-israel-s-occupation-of-hebron-1.778392

        Means of Expulsion: Violence, Harassment and Lawlessness Toward Palestinians in the Southern Hebron Hills
        https://www.btselem.org/publications/summaries/200507_south_hebron

        mondonut: “And once again, oh lordy, Israel has borders.”

        You are refering to the borders in which it declared statehood on the base of the partition plan?

      • Talkback on February 8, 2019, 7:26 am

        Sorry, not 80%, but 99,6% Palestinians. 80% is the area of Hebron which is under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

  3. Citizen on February 6, 2019, 10:46 pm

    Ugh

  4. Elizabeth Block on February 7, 2019, 1:44 pm

    Anat Cohen: A notoriously violent settler. When I was there, three years ago, she had just gotten a new car, and people were trying to find out what it looked like, because she has a practice of trying to run Palestinians down with her car.

    Scared? Of course. The Zionists are terrified of nonviolence. Violence they love, they meet it and match it (and then some!). Nonviolence makes them look like the thugs they are.

  5. Mayhem on February 7, 2019, 10:14 pm

    This on-going lie that is being perpetuated about non-violence.
    We heard it in connection with the Great March of Return
    Lebanese TV airs footage of Gaza sniper shooting IDF officer in helmet
    We hear it constantly in relation to BDS and now the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs has released a revealing report that shows how the BDS movement is infused with organisations that espouse terrorism.
    And then the Palestinian leadership and the various groups that dominate Palestinian society continue to view violence against Israelis as a legitimate means to achieving their objectives. Refer to a video and article that demonstrates that the Palestinian leadership continues to admit freely that it practices and will continue to practice violence against Israel.

    • annie on February 8, 2019, 12:05 am

      Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs takes their info from canary mission, they are a thoroughly discredited ministry task with demonizing bds by whatever means. watch the footage on the undercover sting: Israel lobby USA. they are even using american students to spy on their fellow students.

      We heard it in connection with the Great March of Return

      ?? your article said it happened on jan 22. that was a tuesday. the great march of return protests are on fridays (and the photo of demonstrators was dated the 25th, a friday). #fail.

      and so what if snipers get return fire?

      • oldgeezer on February 8, 2019, 8:36 am

        annie/mayhem

        “and so what if snipers get return fire?”

        Exactly. The video released clearly shows that the sequence of events. If the shot was fired by a Palestinian it was clearly self defence against an Israeli murderer/terrorist. One can be assured given the frequent use of edited and fake videos released by Israel that if there was any sequence of events that could put Palestinians in a bad light then they would have used it.

        Not sure if Mayhem is braindead or if he’s been so deeply indoctrinated that all reality is blocked from his mind.

        Palestinians have an absolute right to use violence against Israel. Israel has no right to use violence to maintain an ongoing occupation and deprivation of human rights.

      • oldgeezer on February 8, 2019, 8:56 am

        annie/mayhem

        Just to clarify my poor choice of words…. If Israel had any video disputing the shown sequence of events it would have released it.

        Of course within 15 minutes someone would find where they edited or faked it.

      • Mayhem on February 8, 2019, 7:21 pm

        @oldgeezer, thanks for pointing out that this business about Palestinian supporters being advocates of non-violence is a lie. Israel has every right to protect itself from violence by its opponents.

      • oldgeezer on February 8, 2019, 9:30 pm

        @mayhem

        So typical of you but who can blame you as you’re bereft of any rational or factual point.

        Nowhere did I advocate violence. In fact I’m against it. I haven’t supported or advocated a single war in my lifetime.

        That said Palestinians have the right to respond to what is being done to them with violence should they choose to do so.

        Israel is only fighting to enforce a brutal and illegally operated occupation. It has no rights to use violence. To grant Israel such a right is to grant thieves a right to defend themselves against homeowners, security and police. Doesn’t exist.

        Israel is a criminal rogue state.

      • Talkback on February 9, 2019, 5:57 am

        Mayhem: “Israel has every right to protect itself from violence by its opponents.”

        Israel’s existence is continuous violence.

      • Mooser on February 11, 2019, 3:49 pm

        Yoni’s words keep echoing in my mind: “educated in anti-ethical thinking”.

    • Marnie on February 9, 2019, 2:50 am

      Mayhum’s ‘point’ is that the only acceptable violence is jew on muslim violence. You sound like the calvary sent out to control the ‘redskins’ but their control was rape, plunder and murder; when the native people fought back, they were savages. Lots of people now are seeing israel for what it is and when people report what they see, they’re antisemitic, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Time’s up clown.

  6. Ossinev on February 8, 2019, 9:46 am

    @mayhem
    “and now the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs has released a revealing report that shows how the BDS movement is infused with organisations that espouse terrorism”
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha – your having a laugh sunshine.
    “Ministry of Strategic Affairs” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
    No it`s got nothing to do with Zioland`s nuclear arms which of course as everone knows it doesn`t have. Dimona is just one of those quaint Biblical “follies”.

    No the MSA has more to do with eg:
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/fake-labour-accounts-fueling-anti-semitism-crisis/26441

    “Revealing report” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    Wasn`t Goebbels and his particular version of MSA into “revealing reports” big time ?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wehrmachtbericht

  7. bcg on February 8, 2019, 6:10 pm

    @Mondonut: Go to Breaking the Silence, then go to their video testimonials page ( https://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/videos ), then type ‘Hebron’ into the search engine and start watching a few. There are a lot of people who have observed what goes on in Hebron – try talking to one, I have.

    As for your comment that international observers have no ‘right’ to be in Hebron, the issue of what ‘rights’ human rights groups have is the dumbest type of analysis there is. Sure, human rights groups have no ‘rights’ to be anywhere, technically speaking, but that’s not the issue, is it?

  8. Emet on February 11, 2019, 2:25 am

    Far too many stories and evidence of peaceful situations ….., until the cameras and TV crews arrive on scene. It’s called fabricated violence and tension, and all for a bad cause.

    • Talkback on February 11, 2019, 8:48 am

      Yes, yes, those Jews would never act violently if there’s no camera around, right?

    • Mooser on February 11, 2019, 3:47 pm

      “It’s called fabricated violence and tension, and all for a bad cause.” “Emet”

      Well, I guess those settlers and Israelis just can’t help showing off if there’s a camera! After all, showing off their immunity and impunity can’t do anything except attract people to the Zionist cause.

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