Israel dismantles Palestinian solar project in West Bank

Israeli authorities dismantle and confiscate some 60 solar panels in a Palestinian village in the West Bank, saying permits had not been issued for the project.

The solar panels, built by a joint Palestinian-Israeli green energy NGO, provides electricity for Jubbet al-Dhib’s 160 residents, a local mosque and school.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tells The Times of Israel the solar panels were erected “without the necessary permits, and that stop work orders had previously been sent to the village authorities.”

“We emphasize that the village has other electricity sources,” COGAT says.

However, the head of the village council, Rateb Abu Mahamid, tells the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency that Jubbet al-Dhib is surrounded by Israeli settlements and as a result is not connected to basic infrastructure.

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