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Bedouin lying on mattresses in the unrecognized West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar. Photo by Amira Hass.
Bedouin lying on mattresses in the unrecognized West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar. Photo by Amira Hass.

Solar Power Is Great, Unless You Are a Bedouin in the West Bank

By Zafrir Rinat
Originally published in Haaretz – January 7, 2016 [Photo by Amira Hass]

Environmental defense organizations have invested enormous resources in recent years to promote solar power usage in Israel. They would do well to make a small effort to help the West Bank Bedouin community, which wanted to exploit this type of energy but have been blocked by the Civil Administration, which has deemed their efforts illegal.

The residents of the village of Khan al-Ahmar, adjacent to Kfar Adumim, petitioned the High Court of Justice a few weeks ago to oblige the state to explain why it does not rescind the order it made to confiscate 20 solar panels that were donated to them. About 200 people live in the village, according to the petition. The Civil Administration rejects their right to live at the location and has issued dozens of demolition orders against structures in the village. Still, the state six months ago informed the High Court during a hearing on the village’s fate that it did not intend to carry out the demolition orders at that stage…

Read more at: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.696114

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