In March 2011, AIDA members produced a position paper on development principles in the oPt that pointed at the Israeli planning regime in Area C as a major barrier to humanitarian and development aid projects. The paper called on all key international actors to collectively review engagement with the current planning regime, based on international law, and to promote Palestinian ownership and accountability in development, planning and service delivery in Area C.

The message’s impact was evident in the shift in EU policies, as demonstrated by the Council of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process in May 2012, calling on the revision of the existing permit regime.


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