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Palestinians Living in Firing Zones

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Living in dangerous areas.

by Stephen Lendman

Life in Occupied Palestine is hard enough. Imagine how much worse in firing zones.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):

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(1) Israel designated about 18% of West Bank land closed military zones, aka firing zones. It's one among other ways Israel steals land.

(2) About 5,000 Palestinians in 38 communities are affected. Most are Bedouins. Land they've lived on for generations was theirs in peace until 1948. Everything changed when Israel began stealing it. It's now used for military and other purposes.

(3) Over 80% of affected communities are in the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea area. It's called South Hebron Hills.

(4) Over 90% of these communities are water scarce. Residents access less than 60 liters per capita daily. Over half of them get less than 30 liters per day. The World Health Organization's (WHO) minimum recommended amount is 100 liters.

(5) Oslo divided the West Bank into three parts. They include Areas A, B and C. A fourth for Greater Jerusalem.

Palestinians control Area A for internal security, public order, and civil affairs.

The PA maintains civil control over Area B. It includes 450 towns and villages. Israel retains overriding authority for settler safety and its own interests throughout the Territories.

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It controls Area C entirely. It comprises over 60% of West Bank land. It includes its valuable water resources. 

Israel considers it sovereign territory. Land theft is official policy. Israel's been stealing it for decades. It wants all valued Judea and Samaria areas. Palestinians are consigned for scrublands unfit to live on.

Food insecurity in Area C is 24%. For Bedouins, it's 34%. Many live in firing zones. At issue is for how long. Stealing it destroys generations of normal life.

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