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Israel demands Yatta villagers remove solar panels
Published Monday 07/10/2013 (updated) 10/10/2013 09:51
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday demanded Palestinians remove 10 solar panels from their rooftops in the Yatta region south of Hebron, a local group said.

The coordinator of the Popular Committees against the Settlements and the Wall south of Hebron and east of Yatta, Ratib al-Jbour, said that Israeli forces had visited the village and demanded that villagers remove the solar panels.

The solar panels provide electric power for 10 families in the Asfi area east of Yatta in the southern West Bank.

Ratib al-Jbour denounced the move and called upon international humanitarian organizations and human rights organizations to prevent them from implementing the decision.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lies almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israel civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Only one village in Masafer Yatta has ever been able to connect to the Palestinian electricity grid, after a decade of wrangling with the Israeli military.

Masafer Yatta has an electricity network, connecting the four Israeli government-sanctioned settlements and six unauthorized outposts built there since 1981 to Israeli supplied electricity.

Palestinian villages have been refused access to these power lines that criss-cross their land, and the army has torn down at least three attempts to connect to the Palestinian Authority supply.

Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The safety of these settlers is often given as an excuse for forced displacement of Palestinians who have lived in the area for decades, if not centuries.
1 ) Tobias / USA
07/10/2013 16:57
It's So Simple:
- No Permit.
- No Building.
- No Exceptions.

2 ) James / Canada
07/10/2013 17:11
So simple: -Theft -Intimidation -Apartheid

3 ) carlos / usa
07/10/2013 18:36
destroying the environment and peoples lives at the same time_israel

4 ) Arnold / Canada
07/10/2013 18:56
Am I missing something here. If the houses are illegal then removing the houses should be the thing to do .... not just the solar panels ! Something is fishy in this story.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
07/10/2013 19:16
So simple: Double standards - Zionist occupation - No human rights.

6 ) @ James-2 / USA again
07/10/2013 19:29
Is Canada's education system so poor, that you don't know the meaning of the words you write, or Is it that you just can NOT think for yourself ??
These Area C residents are citizens of Neither Israel, Nor "Palestine", so
They knew before construction that building permits would be required, so
They are told now to remove the unpermited, illegal construction, so

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
07/10/2013 22:12
To Tobias #1: 'It's So Simple: - No Permit. - No Building. - No Exceptions.' And since Israel makes it virtually impossible for Palestinians to get permits, that works out quite nicely, doesn't it?

8 ) Mel / USA
08/10/2013 00:56
Write to Obama about Israeli criminal oppression & intimidation!! He's got solar panels on our White House.Palestine is emulating our President,protecting the environment & using alternative methods under oppression.The Jews did that in the Warsaw Ghetto. INITIATIVE! Stop the checks to Israel Obama.Israel needs a collective psych eval!

9 ) gabi / ausrtalia
08/10/2013 01:28
WTF - did the panels intrude on the settler-intruders' views? Tobias - yes, no exceptions. Who gives the permits for settlers to build - against International Law? Oh, yeah. that's right, international law doesn't apply to Israel does it, because Israel is "special". - makes its own laws.

10 ) Naki Leukart / Switzerland
08/10/2013 02:33
It is sad to see such a lot of badwill from Israel! Along these past years, the Zionists become a SHAME. I do hope people of these 2 Countries will make t diff. against Israel's government. Like that: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2013/1004/A-rabbi-and-a-Palestinian-farmer-are-neighbors-partners-and-friends &film INCH ALLAH, Director&write: Ana?s Barbeau-Lavalette (screenplay) Stars: Evelyne Brochu, Sabrina Ouazani, Sivan Levy & more on : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2336960/

11 ) southparkbear / usa
08/10/2013 14:47
the CATS are so busy lately so we ask palestinians to do a reversed IKEA

12 ) @ Gabi-9 / REALITY IS (WTF)
08/10/2013 15:41
1- Plenty of States Reject International Law (Iran, Iraq, N. Korea, Russia, China, etc., etc.), even where the Law clearly applied to the situations under their sovereignty, so "making its own laws" is NOT "special", and
which has No Provisions for lands, previously part of a dissolved Empire (Ottoman's are gone), nor now claimed by an "Authority" ("Palestinian"),
that never had real sovereignty over the disputed lands !!

13 ) Tibi / Tubas
08/10/2013 15:53
Whether we like it, or not, the Zionist #1 is correct, and
Whether we can accept the situation either, or again not,
* NEGOTIATIONS, leadinging to Compromise & likely even Surrender,
* ARE THE ONLY WAY out of both this "demolitions" situation, and also

14 ) Muhammed-Khalid / South Africa
08/10/2013 16:21
Problem is that the land was never "Israel's" and there is no such land as "Israel". It doesn't exist. So the land is Palestinian and will always be Palestinian. So where do these so called "Israeli" forces have the right to say what happens where. C'mon!! It's not the Jews, it's the Zionists. And America, your own government did the same thing with you. Put the poor people of Louisiana in that dome that was actually a concentration camp. Poor souls and yet they still side with Obama. a JOKE!!

15 ) @ Mu-14 / USA
10/10/2013 01:11
- The Problem is ALSO "that the land was never" Palestinian. The Land was recently, British, Jordanian, and Ottoman ruled, so - Actually, Palestine "doesn't exist", and it never has either, unless you believe worthless UNGA papers and resolutions from 2012. - In contrast, Israel is a full UN member-state, since 1948. - "So where do" you get your facts from ??

16 ) Juan Pinto / South Africa
10/10/2013 15:27
The majority of Israelis today are Ashkenazi they came from an empire called Khazaria modern day Georgia which began around the 6th cntry Judaisim was adopted by the Khazar king Bulan as the primary religion and they spoke yiddish not hebrew. The Khazar empire fell round 12th century and many of the Ashkenazis spread into eastern europe ie poland . My point is that modern Jewrey being primarily Ashkenazi has no claim over palestine as they are not semetic and the palestinians are more semetic.

17 ) what would Salomon do ? / usa
10/10/2013 20:50
Lets just nuke the contry down the middle and one would stay in one side the other in the other side Problem solved

18 ) @ Colin-7 / Reality
10/10/2013 21:15
- It seems you are finally SEEING the situations REALITY,
that Palestinians will continue to deny (to their own detriment), where
- Yes absolutely "making it virtually impossible for Palestinians to get permits, works out quite nicely", for Israel, and
- Quite Nicely, it will legally continue, until Palestinians reach a negotiated agreement with Israel, on terms essentially determined by Israel !!!

19 ) natedog / United States of Apapthy
10/10/2013 22:02
if everyone could stop being buttholes for like 5 minutes, that would be great

20 ) yahya Altagir / USA
11/10/2013 02:35
I have a collection of Silver Coinage clearly marked Palestine. I have also seen Postage Stamps of Palestine. I never heard of money and postage stamps for a country that does not exist!

21 ) Herbert / Australia
11/10/2013 02:58
Yes, there is laws about building permits. Have you heard that in International law that building settlements on Palestine land is illegal? Even under Israeli law, it is also illegal. So can all those settlements be destroyed right now? I mean, by the right of the law, they can, yes? Now, if those "dwellings" are illegal, why do they want to get rid of the solar panels and not the whole premises? And last point, that land "is" Palestinian. If you want a history lesson, please converse with me.

22 ) herbert / Australia
11/10/2013 03:38
In history, to the best of my knowledge is that their was a land called "united kingdom of Israel". it broke in two. I have not studied what happened after that fact. however that does not make it Israeli property. Next, Palestinians (Arabs) have always been there. Even if you do not believe historical fact, read the scriptures. 2000 years ago, the Palestine people existed. Now @Mu-14/usa where do you get your facts? When there is a conflict in that territory, why do we call it Palestine?

23 ) Frank / USA
11/10/2013 10:25
Blah Blah Blah...the Zionists keep talking and talking, but they themselves are going to realize soon, if they have not already, how big of a mistake it was to pick Palestine for there little racist colonial experiment. A BIG F_UCKING MISTAKE!

24 ) @ Juan-16 / Facts & Truth
11/10/2013 14:59
1- A majority of USA and (white) South African citizens came from elsewhere, but like them, "the majority of Israelis today are" Native Born (2nd & 3rd generation too).
2- On this basis alone Jews have claims to the Land. And, Further, since
3- Since you believe old "Khazar king Bulan" stories, why not also believe the Bible, the Land's archaeologic evidence, and particularly both.
4- Clearly, Much of the Land was once Jewish. Jews were indigenous,
and thus DO "Have Legitimate Claims".

25 ) Paul / Germany
16/10/2013 12:39
this news is false!
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