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Closed Society: February 15, 2013

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Many residents of Nofit are opposed to any attempt to permit a Bedouin family to build a home in their area, on land which they have owned since the Ottoman rule of the region. The family’s huts are not connected to any utilities. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 15th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Military and Security Forces: November 21, 2012

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More than a hundred reserve soldiers signed a petition calling for cutting off the Gaza Strip of electric power and other utilities.  The petition wording is  ”We call on the Israeli Government to cut off electricity, water and any other critical resource to the Gaza Strip in order to create deterrence ahead of a decision about a ground invasion.”

(Hebrew – HaKol HaYehudi)

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November 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am

Economy and Society: March 2‎‏4‏‎, 2012‎

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Representatives of Negev Bedouins and human rights organizations approached Minister Benny Begin (Likud), responsible for the government’s bill for Resolving Bedouin residency in the Negev, and asked for more time to submit objections to the bill. The bill was formally published in January, but it only appeared on the Prime Minister’s site in Hebrew. Most Bedouin villages in the Negev have no electricity and no internet access. Printed booklets with Arabic translation of the proposal were only distributed in mid-February.

(Hebrew)

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March 24th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Local Government: February 24, 2012

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The Georgie Beach restaurant in Givat Olga beach operates without permits and enjoys power supplies from the Hadera municipality without paying. The police and state attorney claim that the reason for the lack of action is the fear of the Hadera municipality to impose the law on the owner of the restaurant, Hanni Jarabi, one of the top criminals in the Hadera area.

(Hebrew)

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February 24th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Political: December 15, 2011‎

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A law proposed by the Infrastructures Minister, Uzi Landau (Likud) would place Israel’s electricity under “rabbinical supervision,”. Under the law, the Chief Rabbinate would assign supervisors to all Israeli power plants to ensure they operate according to the Jewish Halacha. Supervisors will be authorized to close down power stations that would infringe the Rabbinate’s directives, as well as limit the sale of electrity from specific utilities during Shabbat or Jewish holidays.

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December 15th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Economy and Society: November 14, 2011

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The Jisr Az-Zarqa* Junior High School has been closed, due to serious defects in the school building.  Among the defects found were sewage flowing in the school, lack of lighting in classrooms, exposed electrical wires and garbage scattered in the building.

[*Jisr Az-Zarqa is an Israeli Arab local council near Caesarea.]

(Hebrew)

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November 14th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Closed Society: 31 December, 2010

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Residents of the Palestinian village of Jobath a-Dib near Bethlehem have no electricity nor running water. 160 people live in this village, which is located in a C Area, under full responsibility of Israel. The village asked to be connected to the electricity grid in 1988, but their request was refused. “Since 2000 we have asked six times to be connected; each time it took them six months to reply in the negative,” said Hamza Al-Wascsh, former head of the village. (Hebrew)

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December 31st, 2010 at 9:52 pm