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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 dismantles and confiscates tents intended to house extended family in northern Jordan Valley

On Sunday, 7 November 2021, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military escort, a bulldozer and a crane truck to Khirbet Um al-Jamal in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces dismantled and confiscated four residential…

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.…