villagers in Jubbet al-Dhib (a 160 inhabitants encampment near Jerusalem) have been filing repeated requests to be connected to the electricity network since 1988. The Israeli Civil Administration, which governs Palestinian affairs for the army in Area C, has turned down six requests since 2000 alone, on the grounds that the village lacks a master plan. But the Civil Administration has also turned down several master plans that the village has presented.Untypically, there is no exaggeration in the above. The UN Human Rights Watch is absolutely sure that Palestinians are suffering this oppression because of Israeli occupation. It is right. I know first hand that it is almost impossible to get any permit from Israeli bureaucracy. About chicken coops in particular I can personally certify that no one - Jew, Muslim, Christian, Idolater, atheist - ever gets a permit, not near Jerusalem nor in the Negev wastelands. The chicken coop regulations demand detailed designs including a theoretical AERMOD computer model of potential odor dispersion, costing about 15,000 US$, based on meteorological data from the last five years (bad luck if your village is far from a meteorogical station) which will certainly be rejected as insufficient. Your expert may have forgotten to include its dispersion model important potential polluter gases such as xylol. "Sir, you may re-submit the whole thing but since we are short of personnel, no one may look at it till I return from my three-month tour in the Himalayas. What is wrong, you ask? What do you think, I am here to teach you how to make a gas dispersion mathematical model?" This is not a caricature, it is how it is. For once, this is something I know, but no United Nations's Human Rights organization will believe me.
This picture is replicated across the Israeli-controlled West Bank, where Palestinians live with unpaved roads, dried-up wells, a lack of schools and medical facilities, and the persistent inability to obtain permission to build the simplest structures. Even chicken coops may be bulldozed by the Israeli army if they are built without a permit, which is nearly impossible to get.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Palestinians Learn About Bureaucracy
American Jewish media writes that the poor