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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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Israel demolishes homes of six families in Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 30 Sep. 2020

On Wednesday morning, 30 September 2020, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a Border Police escort, a bulldozer and a digger to the community of Mantiqat She’b al-Batem in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills.…

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.…