Graffiti on the Israeli-made security fence in the occupied West Bank.
Even while it builds settlements on Palestinian territory, Israel is actively preventing Palestinian development in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem by denying basic infrastructure such as electricity and running water to Palestinian communities, according to a report from the group Human Rights Watch. —JCL
Israel is preventing Palestinian development in parts of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem while pouring funding into Jewish settlements, the Human Rights Watch group said on Sunday.
Its 166-page report focused on Israeli policies in areas of the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority does not hold any sway under interim peace deals and in East Jerusalem, annexed to Israel after its capture in a 1967 war.
“Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents, depriving them of basic necessities while providing lavish amenities for Jewish settlements,” the New York-based organization said.