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Comet-ME
March 2012 Newsletter
Over the last three months, the Israeli Civil Administration has issued demolition orders to six renewable energy systems in South Mount Hebron. More than 500 men, women, and children depend exclusively on these solar panels and wind turbines for light, refrigeration and agriculture.


Now, with Comet-ME's work under real threat, we need your help. The struggle against demolitions carries costly legal and media work. Please consider lending your support by making a donation.

Sha'eb el Buttom, November 2011. Photo: Tomer Appelbaum
Sha'eb el Buttom, November 2011.
Photo: Tomer Appelbaum

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The demolition threat in the media:
THE GUARDIAN
HA'ARETZ
CHANNEL 2 ISRAELI NEWS
DER SPIEGEL
TAGESSCHAU
 
Youssef Al-Najar, Sha'ab el Buttom, February 2012
“Electricity to me is like a sip of fresh water to a
thirsty man in the heart of the desert”
Youssef Al-Najar, Sha'ab el Buttom, February 2012

As 2011 was coming to an end, we celebrated the completion of six new wind and solar installations, providing clean energy to more than 630 residents. We did not imagine then that only a few days later, we will be diverting our energy from building new systems in communities who are still disconnected from power, to fighting Israeli demolition orders.

The first order was issued on January 4th in Tha'ale, where we installed 30 solar panels only a few months earlier. Together with our German partner, Medico International, we launched an intensive effort to trace the origins of the orders and fight the decision in court and in the public sphere.

Two weeks later, bulldozers showed up without warning, taking apart a residential shack, four animal shelters and two water cisterns. Fifteen sheep died under the ruins, and water that could have served the community long into the spring and summer was lost.


In the weeks that followed, demolition orders were issued to systems located in Wadi J'heish, Herbaiat a Nabi, Sha'ab el Buttom, Gawawis and Esfai Foque.

Installing wind turbine in Sha'ab Appelbaum, November 2011. Photo: Tomer Applebaum
Installing wind turbine in Sha'ab el Buttom, November 2011.
Photo: Tomer Applebaum

 

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We believe access to energy services is a basic human right, just like food and medicine. We are committed to protecting the future of renewable energy in the West Bank, and we intend to take all necessary steps to make sure the communities and their energy supply are safe.

Installing wind turbine in Sha'ab el Buttom, November 2011. Photo: Tomer Appelbaum
Installing wind turbine in Sha'ab el Buttom, November 2011.
Photo: Tomer Appelbaum


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