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The Jordan Valley

The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30% of the West Bank. Nearly 65,000 Palestinians and some 11,000 settlers live there. Although the region serves as the Palestinians’ most significant land reserve, Israel has taken over most of the land with a view to enabling its de facto annexation. Israel also endeavors to minimize Palestinian presence there: barring Palestinians from using 85% of the land, restricting their access to water resources and keeping them from building homes. Israeli authorities are also taking measures to drive out over 50 Palestinian communities across the Jordan Valley, by making their lives intolerable.

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Israel demolishes two structures, including storage and housing units, ‘Ein Shibli, Nablus district, 10 Mar. 2021

On 10 March 2021, Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort and five bulldozers to the village of ‘Ein Shibli in Nablus District, to the west of which the military erected the al-Hamrah Checkpoint. The soldiers blocked the roads…

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.…