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The Jordan Valley

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30% of the West Bank. Nearly 65,000 Palestinians and some 11,000 settlers live there. Although the region serves as the Palestinians’ most significant land reserve, Israel has taken over most of the land with a view to enabling its de facto annexation. Israel also endeavors to minimize Palestinian presence there: barring Palestinians from using 85% of the land, restricting their access to water resources and keeping them from building homes. Israeli authorities are also taking measures to drive out over 50 Palestinian communities across the Jordan Valley, by making their lives intolerable.

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Israel demolishes and confiscates pergola and structure intended as clinic at northern Jordan Valley school

On 25 October 2021, at around 3:30 P.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and two crane trucks to a school in the community of Khirbet al-Malih (the Hamamat al-Malih area), near Tayasir in the northern Jordan Valley. The…

Acting the Landlord

60% of the West Bank is designated Area C, under exclusive Israeli control. It is home to 180,000 Palestinians and includes most West Bank land reserves. Israel, citing “state lands” or “firing zones”, largely prohibits Palestinian construction.…