West Bank Green Energy Project Creating Tension between Israel and Germany.
As peace negotiations remain stalled, a project to bring rural electrification to Palestinian communities in the West Bank faces demolition by Israel.
Watch television news broadcast about threat of demolition to Comet-ME’s systems (Arabic).
“We’re very happy with the electricity,” says Nuzha al-Najar, who used to spend five hours a day churning butter but now uses a machine that takes less than an hour. Using a washing machine instead of doing laundry by hand also saves her time.
Tomer Weinstein writes about his day with Comet at the Abu Kbeta family compound.
Watch television news broadcast about threat of demolition to Comet-ME’s systems (Hebrew).
Israel’s eagerness to demolish renewable energy installations in a West Bank village is seen as an ugly riposte to the European Union
Several small Palestinian villages in the West Bank had been without electricity for decades — before an Israeli foundation with funding from Europe recently installed solar panels and wind turbines. Now, though, Israel wants to remove the facilities because they are on land under its administration.