Planning & building in Area C

Planning & building in Area C

From the very outset of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, it instituted a planning, development and construction policy whereby construction by Palestinians was restricted while Israeli settlements were allocated very extensive areas for establishment and expansion. Israel thereby created a situation in which thousands of Palestinians are forced – as the only recourse for housing their families – to build unlicensed homes. This remains the policy in Area C, the area still under full Israeli control, which comprises approximately 60% of the West Bank.

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