Under Israeli military occupation since 1967, Palestinians suffer the daily violation of their rights. The continuous expansion of Israeli settlements, the wall, checkpoints, oblige them to heavy restrictions on mobility which increase the extreme difficulty of access to resources, employment and basic services.

Emblematic is the context of the refugee camps. The majority of the inhabitants of the camps were expelled from their villages by the Israeli army in 1948. During the war, Israel destroyed more than 500 Palestinian villages, giving rise to the refugee problem which now amount to 30% of the population in the West Bank and more than 50% in Gaza. To manage the problem, in 1949, the General Assembly of United Nations instituted UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Work Agency). Palestinian refugees are now over five million displaced in Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. With a growing population, refugee camps have dramatic levels of population density, inadequate schools and health services and an unemployment rate of almost 60%.

The situation is also dramatic for the Bedouin communities living in Area C in the West Bank, the territory under Israeli military and administrative control. Once nomadic, following the deportations, the Bedouin Palestinians lost the access to grazing, their main source of sustenance, and to water sources. They live in degraded areas and confined in decaying camps without water, electricity and services.

We chose to work in border and under conflict areas to state the basic rights of local communities. We create social micro-enterprises and support local artisans to fuel the economic sector. We build schools in bioclimatic architecture and invest in social and educational services to support a peace culture in the heart of the conflict.


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