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Planning Policy in the West Bank

Israel’s planning policy is aimed at preventing Palestinian development and dispossessing Palestinians of their land, with a view to enabling Israel to use as much of the West Bank for its own needs. All urban, agricultural and economic development potential lies in Area C of the West Bank, where Israel retains all building and planning powers. Israel exploits this control to virtually prohibit Palestinian construction and developing of infrastructure in Area C. This ban also harms hundreds of Palestinian Area A and B communities whose land reserves are in Area C and are, therefore, also subject to Israel’s ban.

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Israel confiscates solar panels supplying all power for Palestinian village it has not connected to grid for 50 years

The village of Jub a-Dib and the solar panels installed by Comet-ME, before they were confiscated. Photo by Guy Butavia, Ta'ayush, 9 March 2017The Palestinian village of Jub a-Dib lies southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank. It was established in…

Arrested Development

A decade after construction began on the Separation Barrier, the harm to adjacent Palestinian communities is clear. With some two-thirds of the barrier completed, it has crippled agriculture along its route. By isolating communities from each other…

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