Israel damages solar panels donated to Palestinian village by Dutch government

Jan 08,2020

Israel claimed the Palestinian village did not need the solar panels, but Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the villagers get electricity from a couple of “old and noisy” diesel generators for only three hours of power a day.

The Netherlands has lodged a complaint with the Israeli government after dozens of Dutch solar panels donated to a West Bank village were damaged by Israeli occupation.

The hybrid diesel and solar power electricity system was installed last year in remote Jubbet al-Dhib, a village home to 150 people in an area of the West Bank occupied by Israel.

Mayor of the village said that the damaged equipment belonging to the £307,000 humanitarian project.

Israeli occupation claimed that the project did not get installation permission; however, it has been known that building permissions for building or renovating Palestinian homes and infrastructure are almost impossible to obtain.

The mayor said that the panels were destroyed at the site by the Israeli occupation forces and left behind.

Both the Dutch government and the Palestinian Authority got angry with the Israeli occupation government over the destruction of the equipment.

Cogat, the Israeli military agency responsible for coordinating Israeli policy in Palestinian areas, said that several work-stop orders were issued before the day when the equipment was destroyed.

The Cogat claimed in a statement that the village had “other electricity sources” other than the “illegal electricity room.”

However, Haaretz said that before the solar panel system was installed, the 150 residents relied on a couple of “old and noisy” diesel generators for only three hours of power a day.

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