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Source: Palestine
19 March 2013

Summary of Palestinian Report to AHLC
Palestine: A State Under Occupation
19 March 2013

The government of the State of Palestine maintains: To achieve a sovereign, independent and democratic state, free from occupation, and to implement the national plan, requires more than building institutions in “Area A” and “Area B”. The Palestinian economy cannot thrive under occupation, as specialized agencies have repeatedly noted. A prosperous, sovereign and independent Palestine requires international support to allow us to capitalize on progress achieved to date and help us reach the full potential of development in those parts of Palestine currently categorized as “Area C”, including East Jerusalem. Exercising our right to establish sovereignty of the State of Palestine on the land occupied by Israel in 1967 border is impossible without full access to that 64% of the West Bank that remains under full and direct Israeli military control, the so-called “Area C”. This is an integral part of the State of Palestine, the backbone of the Palestinian economy, and true sovereignty depends on Palestinian control over it.

Below is a summary of the 49-page report submitted by the government of the State of Palestine to the AHLC meeting, convening this Tuesday 19 March in Brussels.

Current Situation:

Current Financial Situation:

Also outlined, measures adopted by the government to cut spending and increase revenue, including:

Palestinian Demands:

Government measures to decrease expenditure and increase revenues will not be sufficient to protect the Israeli-imposed financial crisis and secure recovery. This requires strong, immediate and consistent pressure on Israel to among other measures automatically and regularly transfer Palestinian revenues collected by Israel, as well as to reinstate the presence of Palestinian customs officials at external border crossing. The government of the State of Palestine demands:

An immediate and complete halt to all acts and military aggression, including dispossession of Palestinian citizens and communities and demolition of Palestinian property.
Full and transparent accountability of Israel for its citizens’ actions, such as settlers targeting Palestinian communities.
An immediate halt to obstruction Palestinian land registration in Area 'C'.
Facilitation for the development and adoption of master plans in Area 'C'.
Unleash the economic potential inherent in Area 'C', including the development of the agriculture and water sectors.
Establishment of an international Palestinian airport in the West Bank and a seaport in the Gaza strip as well as bonded warehouses and logistics in the West Bank.
Development of public transportation through public-private partnerships.
Rehabilitation and development of archaeological sites and historical building in the West Bank, including Area 'C'.

Denied Potential:

Subsequent to the policy outlined in the Palestinian report to the AHLC meeting in September 2012, the government commissioned a study on the unfulfilled potential of various sectors; potential that is denied because of the restrictions of occupation. The findings include:

International Responsibility:

The Palestinian report includes an action plan focusing on projects to develop Area 'C', including East Jerusalem, and focusing on protecting and developing 100 communities under threat in that area. Priority projects focus on agriculture, water, trade and transportation, and tourism. The report also outlines concrete actions required from international development partners, including:


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