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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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Wave of demolitions in West Bank: Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 25 November 2020

As part of Israel’s efforts to take over more land in the West Bank, authorities destroyed on 25 November 2020 the homes of 44 Palestinians (22 of them minors) and cut off entire communities from the water supply. Some of the homes demolished…
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The Annexation That Was And Still Is

B'Tselem's Position paper: As part of normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates, Israel has decided not to officially annex the West Bank as yet. De facto, it annexed the West Bank long ago, treating the area as sovereign Israeli territory…