Palestinians protest against electricity cuts in Palestinian village caused by Israeli forces

Feb 19,2021

The protesters raised Palestinian flags and demanded that electricity be reconnected to their village.

Dozens of Palestinians from the village of Al-Jiftlik, north of the occupied West Bank city of Jericho in the Jordan Valley region, on Thursday, organized a sit-in to protest the Israeli occupation authorities’ cutting off electricity in the area for the third day in a row.

In a tent set near Road 90 near the village, the protesters raised Palestinian flags and demanded that electricity be reconnected to their village.

The head of the Al-Jiftlik village Council, Ahmad Abu Ghanem told Wafa that most of the village residents work in agriculture and livestock, and depend mainly on electricity for their livelihoods.

Abu Ghanem added that the area suffers from deliberate frequent blackouts by the Israeli authorities, which have so far caused significant financial losses to local farmers. 

Over the years, Israeli occupation authorities have been trying to empty the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land that makes up one-third of the area of the West Bank, of its Palestinian communities to make way for a de facto annexation of the area to Israel’s sovereignty.