Israel To Demolish Palestinian Solar Energy Program

West BankVia Common Dreams:

A sustainable energy program in ‘Area C’ of rural West Bank is being threatened by Israeli authorities. The program, which recently installed solar panels and wind turbines in 16 communities, is providing 1,500 Palestinians with electricity — who were formerly without reliable energy.

The foreign aid program, thus far successful, has become a new target for Israel as it threatens to demolish the structures that supposedly lie within Israeli ‘administration’.

Der Spiegel reports:

The best part is when the lights in the tents go on, one by one, says Elad Orian. Electricity here, in the hills south of Hebron, was long unreliable. Either it was not available or it was too expensive, produced for just a few hours each day by a noisy, diesel-guzzling generator. That changed when Elad Orian and Noam Dotan, two Israeli physicians who had tired of conflict, came along three years ago and installed solar panels and erected wind turbines. Since then, such facilities have been installed in 16 communities, providing 1,500 Palestinians with electricity. [...]

The success, though, could soon be a thing of the past. Israel has threatened to tear them down with five municipalities in recent weeks having received “stop work” orders the first step on the road to demolition. The problem is that the facilities are in the so-called Area C, which covers 60 percent of the West Bank and is administered by Israel. Permission from the Israelis is a requirement before construction projects can move ahead — and permits are almost never given to Palestinians. [...]

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  • Mamagriff50

    Shame on you Israel!!   It is time for us to stop backing Israel. They’re fighting dirty……real dirty. Ask Israel to live without electricity. They wouldn’t stand for it.

    • Hadrian999

       nothing surprising, there have already been documented cases of the IDF destroying water tanks of Palestinians to force them away from their land.

  • Adaugeo

    Fing Israel. Nothing new to report, same old BS keeping fellow human beings in poverty. How is it this type of information isn’t reported all over this country since it flies right in the face of everything we supposedly stand for? Oh right…

    Vote Ron Paul and end support to this kind of behavior.

  • Lakota

    I agree with you both. Israel constantly violates the rules stated in the Geneva convention, pointlessly slaughters civilians and if they are questioned you get the antisemitic label. Not to mention the US sends them millions in funds every year to DO this. They bombed an elementary school with white phosphorus and melted the flesh off the bones of school children. Their reason?  They  claimed the school was teaching antisemitic messages. Uhh.. YEAH.. stay away from the Israeli soldiers, they’ll kill you. not surprised. Those poor people….

    Ron Paul said he’d end that warfare welfare. I think he will if they let him be president.

    • strike_a_poseur

      Crap, we may have to bomb Israeli television, and parliament if we go off their logic. There is a ton of anti-American propaganda in Israel. I want my tax dollars back.

  • Redacted

    It is time for regime change in the rogue state of Israel.

  • D.D.B.

    Israel should demolish the one true problematic thing in the Middle East-  The state of Israel!