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Lamya Hussain

Planning under Occupation: Elastic Geographies and ‘Area C’

[Photo Credit: Hamza Zbeidat / Location : Jordan Valley]

In recent years there has been growing concern about Israel’s planning regime and its operations across the West Bank. In particular, organizations have expressed their apprehension towards the growing number of demolitions, eviction orders, and restrictions in Area C. According to the 1995 Oslo Accords, Area C of the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) amounts to an estimated sixty-two percent of the West Bank. It is rich in land and water, and critical to the ...

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Emergency Humanitarian Appeals and Gaza’s On-going Destruction: The Case of Failed Accountability and Sustainability

[Palestinians receive their monthly food aid at a UNRWA distribution center in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. Image: Abed Rahim/ Flash 90]

The destruction in Gaza as a result of the most recent Israeli assault has been massive. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the bombing of water networks has reduced potable water by fifty percent. The destruction of housing and productive resources has been equally severe. Approximately 23,000 people were being housed in UNRWA shelters and an additional seven hundred displaced families have sought refuge with distant relatives. At ...

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Lamya Hussain


Lamya Hussain is a PhD Candidate at SOAS with the Department of Development Studies. Her current research deals with the agriculture sector across “Area C” communities, to identify the shifts in production and resource allocation. Hussain is also the Founder and Board Director of Refutrees, and Editor with the Journal of Internal Displacement (JID), contributing towards both practical projects rooted in community-based initiatives and research.