Burqah is a rather unremarkable village. It has never taken center stage in the fight against the occupation nor has it been subjected to extreme punitive measures. In fact, we chose to focus on Burqah precisely because it is unexceptional, as a case in point demonstrating what life under occupation is like for Palestinian villagers. Burqah is a small, picturesque village, surrounded by fields. Like many other villages, it endures severe travel restrictions which isolate it from its surroundings. It is also subject to massive land-grabs and restrictive planning, all of which have turned it into a derelict, crowded and backward village with half its population living at or below the poverty line. For the full report, click here.
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Israel’s regime of occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.