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.”
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.
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.’”
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.”
Osie Adelfang of Homer Microgrid News & Insight writes about off-grid renewable energy initiatives in the Palestinian territories, with a special focus on Comet-ME’s work.
Zafrir Rinat, Haaretz, November 21, 2016: “The off-grid efforts of Comet-ME, which must navigate a politically charged environment, were discussed earlier this month by the organization’s co-founder, Elad Orian, at the Israel Climate Change Conference held at Tel Aviv University.”
From Margaret Olin’s beautiful photo-essay:
“Dreams and energy fill the room – including the energy without which the meeting would have been next to impossible.”
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Why is the Israeli government issuing permits and guaranteeing loans for huge solar farms on illegal Israeli settlements while Palestinians in Area C can’t get permits to build the most basic infrastructure, including Comet-ME’s mini-grids?
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