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Israel refuses Palestinians access to World Bank-funded landfill
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 16:28
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities prevented Palestinians from using the World Bank-funded al-Minya landfill to the east of Bethlehem while allowing Israeli settlers continued access, Israeli media reported Thursday.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli Civil Administration in the occupied West Bank informed Palestinian officials that they would not be allowed to use the landfill for waste disposal, despite the fact that it was funded by the World Bank precisely for that purpose.

Israeli residents of local settlements built on occupied Palestinian land, meanwhile, would be allowed to use it, despite the fact that landfills inside Israel are also available to these residents.

The landfill has been under construction for the last two years in a portion of Area C just east of Bethlehem.

Construction was funded by the World Bank, and the landfill is the first modern waste landfill in the southern West Bank.

It was built to serve the needs of nearly 800,000 residents of Bethlehem and Hebron regions, amounting to around 34 percent of all solid waste in the West Bank.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/01/2014 23:12
On the other hand... http://bigstory.ap.org/article/minister-lack-peace-will-hurt-israeli-economy Western Europe refuses settlers access to its markets -- in a big way.

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
11/01/2014 00:45
The PA would not allow Israeli residents of Area C, to dispose of any rubbish in Areas A/B landfills, so there no reason Israel should allow the reverse in Area C landfills, regardless of it's funding, so: -1- If the PLO intended to use the landfill, then they should have had the World Bank fund it in Areas A/B or Gaza, and -2- If the World Bank plans for the PLO to use what they fund for them, then they should stop funding projects in Area C, which is under Israel's Sovereignty !!!
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