Statement by the PNC on the International Monitoring Mission in Hebron - State of Palestine
On 6th of February 2019, The United States disrupted a resolution or a statement by the UN Security Council to condemn or criticize Israel's conduct on the non-renewal of the International Monitoring Mission in Hebron city in the West Bank.
The US administration aims to continue protecting Israel as an occupying power that insists to violate its international legal obligations, acts as a supra-law state and not subjected to international accountability, and to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision on 29th of January 2019 to end the work of the International Observer Mission in Hebron. The mission was deployed after the February 1994 massacre when an Israeli settler shot and killed 29 Palestinians while they were praying inside Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the city. On 18th of March 1994, the United Nations Security Council issued the Resolution 904, which strongly condemned the massacre at Al-Ibrahimi Mosque and called for measures to provide protection and security for the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian National Council PNC affirms that these attitudes lead to the release of hands of the Israeli occupation forces and settlers, for assaulting, killing, destroying houses and stealing Palestinian land, especially in the city of Hebron, in which more than 400,000 Palestinians live.
PNC warns that the decision of Israel and American protection means the beginning of a darker era in the city of Hebron, whereby Israeli occupation and its settlers will escalate their crimes. This Israeli decision is a step towards revoking and canceling all agreements since the Oslo Accords, and to perpetrate new and more horrific massacres against the Palestinian population, away from the photographers' shots and international reporting.
PNC points out that the Israeli occupation authorities aim at excluding any witness to their crimes against Palestinians anywhere, especially in Hebron where the mission is located in the downtown of old Hebron which houses Al-Ibrahimi Mosque. whereby about 400 settlers live, and guarded by approximately 1,500 Israeli soldiers. Therefore, the presence of the mission is especially protective for schoolchildren, because the mission members do patrol the city in the morning and afternoon when the schoolchildren go and return from schools.
PNC calls upon you to circulate this memorandum to all members of your Union and your Assemblies and to call for efforts to protect and activate the resolutions of international legitimacy on the international protection of the Palestinian people and to adopt the necessary mechanisms to implement it on the ground, and confronting the practices of the American and Israeli administrations that violate the principles of international humanitarian law and United Nations resolutions.