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Demolition, Liberation: May 5, Al-Markez

In her photo-blog “Touching Photographs”, Margaret Olin documents her visit to the south Hebron hills on May 5, 2018, on what she calls “one of the most depressing days I have spent in south Mount Hebron” – following a massive demolition spree by the Israeli military in the so-called 918 Firing Zone on May 2, 2018, in which 10 residential structures, 3 animal pens, and 3 water systems were demolished, and 4 energy systems were confiscated. Daily tasks “become much harder to do because of the lack of clean water and electricity. A refrigerator that no longer has electricity needs to be emptied and cleaned, most of the food discarded and the containers washed. And scarce water that can now only be drawn and carried from a cistern, makes washing dishes a challenge.”

Electricity Returns to Palestinian Village, Three Months After Israel Confiscates Power System

Amira Hass in Ha’aretz: “On October 3, a team from Comet-ME, which had built the hybrid system, reinstalled the panels and reconnected them to the rest of the system, after they were released unconditionally from the Civil Administration warehouses in Gush Etzion. The circumstances of the matter, i.e., the reason the village even needed this hybrid system to begin with, is that for decades the Civil Administration has been turning down its requests to connect to the electricity grid.

Israel’s relentless war on EU humanitarian aid to Palestine

Ylenia Gostoli of TRT World: “In Jubbet adh Dhib, I’tidal breathes a sigh of relief that she no longer has to rely on an expensive, polluting and loud generator for electricity which costs roughly 1,200 euros per month for two hours of electricity a day. Now children can watch TV programmes and study in the evening, while medicines and food can be stored in refrigerators, and households can receive a steady supply of tap water. As I’tidal puts it, ‘We can eat meat and chicken.’”

Ice Cream, Appliances, and Autonomy: Rural Electrification Project Lights West Bank Village

Osie Adelfang’s blog post and slide show for Homer Micro-Grid News and Insights about Comet-ME’s micro-grid in the village of Jeeb al-Dheeb: “Unlike energy poverty in the developing world, geography plays no part in Jeeb al-Dheeb’s situation, which is created wholly by politics. The reality for Palestinians living in areas designated “Area C” is a lack of infrastructure and basic services accorded nearby Israeli settlements. Providing power to Palestinians living in “Area C” is Comet-ME’s mission.”