The Palestinian community of Susiya, located in the occupied West Bank, has a population of some 350 people, including 120 children.
In 1986, the main residential area of the community was declared an archaeological site by the Israeli authorities and approximately 60 families were forcibly displaced, without any compensation according to residents; an Israeli settlement outpost, Suseya Synagogue, was subsequently established in the same area.
The Israeli settlement of Suseya, est. 1983, and the outpost, est. 2002, control land that is ten times larger than the built-up area of both settlements, much of which is privately-owned Palestinian land. (Rabbis for Human Rights)
Susiya residents now have access to less than one-third of the approximately 6,000 dunums of land that were previously available to them for residential, agricultural and herding purposes.
In 2001, all structures in the community were demolished and the residents forcibly displaced again.
In 2011, the Israeli authorities carried out four waves of demolitions, targeting 41 structures, including 31 residential tents or shacks and two water cisterns, repeatedly displacing 37 people (including 20 children) and affecting another 70.
At least 70 percent of the existing structures in the community, including the school, have pending demolition orders.
Residents pay 25 NIS per cubic meter of tankered water, five times more than the nearby settlement, which is served by the network, and spend up to 1/3 of their income on water.
Water consumption is 28 litres/capita/day (l/c/d), significantly less than the 70 l/c/d consumed by an average Palestinian and well below the WHO standard of 100 l/c/d. (WASH cluster)
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