Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV)

Expert mission: Palestinians in Area C, West Bank

A report of a Dutch multidisciplinary expert team, on the situation of the Palestinian population in Area C under the Israeli military regime. The report was presented on the 21st of June to the foreign affairs committee of the Dutch parliament. The report PDF is the outcome of a visit to Israel Palestine that was organized in October 2015 by gate48 and Palestine Link.





In October 2015, an interdisciplinary team of Dutch experts visited Occupied Palestine with the objective to assess the Human Security situation of Palestinian communities in the area and the possibilities for sustainable development projects there. Subsequently, their goal was to offer Dutch policy makers recommendations for specific engagements. The team was composed of people with expertise in water management, gender and conflict, human rights law, human security, economic and social development.


The focus of their mission was rule of law and human rights, access to natural resources, and demolition and building policies and practices. The mission was initiated and organized by gate 48, critical Israelis in the Netherlands and Palestine Link, an organization of Palestinians in the Netherlands.


The mission resulted in an expert report, which addresses the three above-mentioned issues and reflects on the role of international and local NGOs and aid agencies, including the Dutch government and companies. The report and its conclusion will be presented to Dutch policymakers both in the Parliament and the government.



Members of the expert team:

  • Rachel Kurian, International Labour Economist, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. 
  • Aalt Leusink, Senior advisor to national governments and international authorities in the fields of water resources and economic development.
  • Peter van Lieshout, Professor Utrecht University.
  • Marloes van Noorloos,  assistant professor of criminal law at Tilburg University.
  • Dubravka ┼Żarkov,  Associate Professor in Gender, Conflict, Development, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Download the executive summary PDF.
Download the full report PDF.