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Press Release: Sabotage to Comet-ME Renewable Energy System in Bir el Eid

28/03/14

Friday, March 28, 2014   The Palestinian community of Birl el Eid, located in the south Hebron hills, in Area C of the West Bank, suffered an attack on Wednesday evening, March 26, when five solar panels funded by Germany, New Zealand and private foundations were damaged by unidentified attackers.   The attack happened despite […]

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Franciscan Media Center: Renewable Energy Improves Lives of Palestinians

09/05/13

Watch video report about Comet-ME’s renewable energy systems and how they improve lives of Palestinian communities in the southern Hebron hills.

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Groenlinks Magazine: Solar energy in threatened territory

01/05/13

Solar and wind energy help Palestinian shepherds and farmers in rural territory move forward. Though the threat of forced demolition of the installations, mainly financed with Western donations, hangs over the projects (in Dutch).

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Down to Earth Magazine: Fighting Windmills

30/04/13

Fourteen hundred Palestinians in the West Bank have electricity thanks to the windmills and solar panels of the Israeli-Palestinian Comet-ME (in Dutch).

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IPS: Israeli Cloud Hovers Over Green Energy

23/04/13

A quiet diplomatic war is being waged by several European governments against the Israeli Civil Administration which controls the Israeli occupied West Bank. At stake is the destruction of a humanitarian project funded by a number of European governments, international organisations and foundations, worth approximately half a million euros and years of voluntary manpower hours […]

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Duetsche Welle: Israelis, Palestinians Unite on Energy Project

10/12/12

The NGO Comet-ME’s new center is to serve as a permanent base of operations to provide clean energy to Palestinian communites who are off-grid in the West Bank.

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Press Release: Comet-ME and 29 International Organizations Call for Quartet Action

20/09/12

The government of Israel’s eviction and demolition plans for 13 Palestinian villages in the Hebron Hills come as demolition and displacement rates have hit a three-year high, adding to the uncertainty about the future for Palestinians living in the Israeli-controlled Area C

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Global Post Earth Project: Activists Bring Renewable Energy to Remote Palestinian Villages

13/08/12

Video: Desert Oasis – Activists bring renewable energy to remote Palestinian villages. This video is part of Global Post’s The Earth Project, featuring short documentaries about innovative and inspiring alternative energy initiatives.

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The Permaculture Institute of Australia: Reflections on a visit to the South Hebron Hills

28/07/12

Alice Gray writes about her impressions after visiting Comet-ME’s project in Herbaiat a-Nabi and why this is the kind of design needed in permaculture to control against the erosion of human cultures and human rights.

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The Associated Press: Palestinian Village Faces Demolition by Israel

20/06/12

Last week, Civil Administration inspectors distributed demolition orders for several dozen structures in Susiya, including the school, a makeshift clinic, residential tents, animal shelters and German-funded solar panels.

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The New York Review of Books: Israel in Peril

07/06/12

David Shulman’s review of Peter Beinart’s The crisis of Zionism refers to his experiences with Comet in South Mount Hebron. “Volunteers and peace activists with technical know-how such as Noam Dotan and Elad Orian, from the organization known as Comet-Me, have painstakingly built wind turbines and basic electric grids in many of these villages to […]

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The Guardian: Palestinians prepare to lose the solar panels that provide a lifeline

15/03/12

Israel is planning to demolish ‘illegal’ solar panels that are the only source of electricity for Palestinians in West Bank villages.

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Monocle 24: West Bank Green Energy Project Creating Tension between Israel and Germany

14/03/12

West Bank Green Energy Project Creating Tension between Israel and Germany.

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The Christian Science Monitor: Palestinian solar power: why Israel may turn out the lights

11/03/12

As peace negotiations remain stalled, a project to bring rural electrification to Palestinian communities in the West Bank faces demolition by Israel.

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BBC Arabic: Solar Panel of Hebron

10/03/12

Watch television news broadcast about threat of demolition to Comet-ME’s systems (Arabic).

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The Scotsman: Spark of defiance brings electricity to remote village

09/03/12

“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.

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Mondoweiss: Connecting the West Bank to solar energy: A day at the Abu Kbeta family compound

08/03/12

Tomer Weinstein writes about his day with Comet at the Abu Kbeta family compound.

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Channel 2 News Israel: Will electricity be shut off at a Palestinian village?

23/02/12

Watch television news broadcast about threat of demolition to Comet-ME’s systems (Hebrew).

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Ha’aretz: Israel demolishes West Bank villages as Jewish outposts remains untouched

21/02/12

Israel’s eagerness to demolish renewable energy installations in a West Bank village is seen as an ugly riposte to the European Union

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Der Spiegel: Palestinian Villages May Soon Go Dark Once Again

16/02/12

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.