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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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August 2021: Jerusalem Municipality continues demolition rampage: 66 residents, including 39 minors, lost their homes in East Jerusalem

In August 2021,16 structures were demolished in East Jerusalem (including part of the village of al-Walajah annexed to the city’s municipal jurisdiction), some of which were under construction. Fourteen were residential buildings and 12 of those,…

A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea

The entire area Israel controls between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is governed by a single regime working to advance and perpetuate the supremacy of one group over another. By geographically, demographically and physically…