Last year, on 29th November 2016, An-Najah National University participated in a conference about "Providing remote areas with solar energy". Funded by the ACCD and facilitated in cooperation with ERC, UNESCO chair at An-Najah University and SEBA foundation, the event took place in Barcelona, Spain.
Many human rights organizations, Catalonian government presenters and renewable energy specialized companies attended the conference beside presenters of the Palestinian community in Spain.
Dr. Joni Assi talked about the importance of the right of electricity as a legal right in the Palestinian, Israeli and International laws. And he spoke about the condition of area C regarding the right of electricity and how a study was made on four Bedouin groups in this area (Birin and Emnzel in the south, Wadi Saab in the Middle, and Ein Al Hema in the north) and these groups are not only different from a geography aspect but also from a legal aspect in spite of all of these groups come under the tittle of " Protected Persons" under occupation according to the International Humanitarian Law, Ein Saab Bedouin group considered as refugees who were expulsion from Negev area during the Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948 "Nakba" and they still living this Nakba with the expanding of illegal settlements construction in Jerusalem and Ein Hemma represents people who were expelled from their houses in 1967 but they returned back to their houses again refusing the Israeli policy. And he also talked about the policy the both the Palestinian Ministry and the Israeli occupation adopt in dealing with the insistent asks for the right of electricity in the four Bedouin groups mentioned above. He ended by talking about the project of providing these remote areas with energy which is the Energy Research Center at An-Najah working on with a fund from the province of Catalonia in Spain.
Ruba Al-Khuffash, talked about the right of electricity in these remote areas and the training she was in charge of, in which she trained women about their rights and how the right of electricity can affect their lives.
Eng. Fedaa Salamah, aslo talked about the project, and went through the solar energy projects that were implemented by Energy Research Center at An-Najah University.
In the end of the conference the Participants recommended the continuous work on supporting these projects in Palestinian remote areas.
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