Case Studies

12 November 2013 |
Khirbet Khamis. On 28 October 2013 the Israeli authorities demolished a residential building on the grounds of lack of building permit

Unlike the vast majority of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, residents of Khirbet Khamis, a small community north of Bethlehem, hold West Bank, instead of Jerusalem, ID cards. As a result, under Israeli law they are considered “illegal residents” in their own homes. Additionally, the Barrier physically cut off the community from the Bethlehem urban area, which has served as the residents’ main service, livelihood and social center.

22 October 2013 |
In October 2012, Israeli settlers damaged 140 olive trees belong to Jamil and Rateeb Al Na'san in their land adjacent to Adei Ad. Photo by Mwaffaq Al Na'san, October 2012

As the annual olive harvest begins in the West Bank, the case study describes the impact of a settlement outpost on a Palestinian village, in terms of physical assault, restricted access and damage to trees and property.

19 September 2013 |
The Bir Nabala / Tel al 'Adassa Bedouin Community

The Bir Nabala / Tel al ‘Adassa Bedouin community consists of nine families who have lived in the area between Ramallah and Jerusalem since the late 1950s. It is one of at least 16 Palestinian communities located on the “Jerusalem side” of the Barrier, although the majority of their residents hold West Bank ID cards. In August 2013, Israeli forces demolished all the structures in the community, and, a few days later, the remaining families left to the “West Bank” side of the Barrier, after being instructed to do so by the Israeli authorities. This once intact community of nine families is now dispersed into three separate locations on the “West Bank” side of the Barrier.

12 July 2013 |
Abdallah Al Abssy, 53 years old fisherman._Credit: OCHA, 2 June 2013

Abdallah is a 53-year-old fisherman from a refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. He owns a boat, which he runs together with four of his seven sons and another 12 fishermen. Overall, the income generated by Abdallah’s boat provides for about 70 people, the majority of them children. In the past decade his ability to gain a living from fishing has been severely undermined as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities on the access of fishermen to sea areas along Gaza’s coast.

23 May 2013 |
No access - Fire zone sign

At least 1,300 people currently live in the Masafer Yatta area of south Hebron Hills. Palestinian communities have been living in this area for decades, many since before the Israeli occupation began in 1967.