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Power politics – connecting up off-grid communities in the Palestinian West Bank
A group of men are gathered around a small structure full of batteries in the South Hebron Hills. It’s part of a solar installation that supplies electricity to seven off-grid herding families in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. A few metres overhead there is an electricity cable, heading off to an Israeli settlement on the nearby hillside. Elad Orian, a Israeli physicist, is replacing the batteries in the solar PV system, installed six years ago. He is being helped by Mahmoud, one of the Palestinian farmers whose life has been transformed by getting access to electricity. It’s heavy work and ...