Published on Jun 11, 2015
Israel’s Supreme Court has dismissed a Palestinian petition that seeks to end discriminatory housing policies in the occupied West Bank. The ruling has strengthened military control over the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank. It has also allowed Israelis to demolish more Palestinian homes in Area C. The area covers more than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank. Israel calls the constructions there illegal. The petitioners want to return local planning rights to Palestinians. U-N figures show there are 298-thousand Palestinians living in Area C. More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967. The illegal settlements have drawn worldwide condemnation.