Israel prohibits Palestinians from using most of the lands of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea on a variety of pretexts: state land, closed military areas, nature reserves and areas under the jurisdiction of settlements’ Local and District Councils. All told, after deducting for overlap in these categories, roughly 85 percent of the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea are off limits to construction and development by Palestinians. This policy breaks up Palestinian territory and isolates Palestinian communities in the area. More on the topic
Produced in 2002, this is the first map of its kind to display the built-up areas, and municipal and regional boundaries of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israel has established in the Occupied Territories a separation cum discrimination regime, in which it maintains two systems of laws, and a person’s rights are based on his or her national origin. More on the topic
Israel’s regime of occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.