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Area C

Area C covers 60% of the West Bank and is home to an estimated 180,000-300,000 Palestinians and to a settler population of at least 325,500 living in 125 settlements and approx. 100 outposts. Israel retains control of security and land-management in Area C and views the area as there to serve its own needs, such as military training, economic interests and settlement development. Ignoring Palestinian needs, Israel practically bans Palestinian construction and development. At the same time, it encourages the development of Israeli settlements through a parallel planning mechanism, and the Civil Administration turns a blind eye to settlers’ building violations.

 

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Wave of demolitions in West Bank, Fasayil a-Tahta, The Jordan Valley, 25 November 2020

As part of Israel’s efforts to take over more land in the West Bank, authorities destroyed on 25 November 2020 the homes of 44 Palestinians (22 of them minors) and cut off entire communities from the water supply. Some of the homes demolished…
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The Annexation That Was And Still Is

B'Tselem's Position paper: As part of normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates, Israel has decided not to officially annex the West Bank as yet. De facto, it annexed the West Bank long ago, treating the area as sovereign Israeli territory…