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The ‘Stability Initiative’ presented by Naftali Bennett, Chairman of the Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party, proposes annexing Area C and giving Israeli citizenship to nearly 50,000 Palestinians living there, while in fact the Palestinian population amounts to almost 150,000 people. Bennett’s plan is partly based on a table copied from a report by Bimkom organization which clearly states the number of Palestinians living in area C.
All houses in the small Palestinian village of Arab ar Ramadin are under demolition orders. The village is located in Area C, on the Israeli side of the separation wall. Village inhabitants are separated from their lands and other Palestinian villages in the vicinity. Since no shops, employment opportunities or medical services are available in the village in the village, inhabitants are forced to pass Israeli military checkpoints several times every day.
In the last year, the Civil Administration opened about three times as many cases for illegal construction against Palestinians than it did against settlers in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli control. This, despite the fact that the settler population of 300,000 is twice as large as the Palestinian population in the area. Further, a database prepared in 2007 shows that almost all settlements build illegally on private Palestinian lands.
The annual United Nations report on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories found that the number of civilian casualties in Gaza and the West Bank rose by more than 30% compared to 2010. The report addresses the Gaza blockade, which it views as collective punishment, the situation in East Jerusalem, and Area C – which is under Israeli control – where Palestinian residents are facing increasing pressure from the Israeli authorities and settlers violence.
A newly approved internal report of European Heads of Mission, titled “Area C and Palestinian State Building,” cautioned that the chances for a two-state solution on 1967 borders will be lost if Israel does not change its policies in Area C. Area C is defined by the Oslo Accords as those parts of the West Bank under full Israeli control. “What’s special about this report is that we are all partners in it and agree on the wording of it,” a European diplomat commented. In the factual section of the original, the report stated that Israeli policy in Area C “result in forced transfer of the native population.” According to the report, 5.8% of the West Bank’s Palestinian population – about 150,000 people – lives on Area C, which constitutes 62 % of the West Bank. The report found that the Israeli planning policy in these areas encourages the building of settlements and prevents Palestinian building; Israel demolishes houses to which it wouldn’t give building permits, prevents infrastructure development, restricts Palestinian’s freedom of movement and access to water and other resources.