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The South Hebron Hills

Israeli policy threatens the existence of some 30 Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills. These are home to some 4,000 residents who mostly subsist on farming and shepherding. The policy is manifested in a near complete ban on construction, repeated demolitions of homes, roads and water cisterns, violence by security forces and non-enforcement against settler violence. This is all part of Israel’s longstanding policy of using the West Bank for its own needs and establishing facts on the ground to facilitate annexation.

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Israeli military blocks access to two Palestinian communities in South Hebron Hills, 18 Nov. 2020

On 18 November 2020, at around 2:30 P.M., soldiers and police officers came with a bulldozer to the Masafer Yatta area in the South Hebron Hills. The forces used boulders and mud to block two dirt roads leading to the community of She’b al-Batem.…

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.…