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Hang your head in shame, world; normal life does not exist for Palestinians in Hebron

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Israel breaks international law with sickening and often deadly regularity. This is pointed out frequently by detractors of the Zionist State, which just as frequently attracts accusations of “anti-Semitism”; the obvious aim being to stifle any and all criticism of Israel.

I’m wondering, therefore, how a new report by an international monitoring group recognised by the Israeli government will be received, given that it concludes that Israel does in fact break international law on a regular basis. The shock findings — it will come as a shock to the pro-Israel lobby, at least — is based on 20 years of investigations and monitoring by the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH).

The exclusive story in Haaretz reveals that the report concludes that “normal life” is nowhere to be found in the occupied West Bank city. TIPH was set up to monitor Hebron, where disputes over land ownership by illegal settlers are notorious, and severe restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement and worship are in place.

The “exhaustive and damning internal report on Israel’s actions in the city” has been leaked to the newspaper, which is a first for TIPH; its findings are never revealed to the media. A forerunner to TIPH was initially formed after illegal settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Muslims as they prayed at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque in February 1994.

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While Palestinians have always viewed TIPH as ineffectual, the leaked news is bound to find traction with them as well as the international community, because the contents appear to be indisputable. It remains to be seen if bodies like the UN or countries which offer Israel unconditional support will act upon them.

Hebron emerges as a city that is riven at the seams by both a civilian and military occupation, leaving communities more divided than ever as a direct result of the brutal, unjust actions of the Israeli government and its illegal settlers.


© Middle East Monitor