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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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Israeli Civil Administration demolishes homes of three families in Khirbet al-Halawah, Masafer Yatta, 9 Oct. 2018

On 9 October 2018, at around 10:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel, soldiers, Border Police and two bulldozers arrived at Khirbet al-Halawah in the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces demolished three dwellings, donated to…
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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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