Tobacco cultivation is expanding rapidly in the West Bank without regulation, threatening the Palestinian economy and agriculture.
Palestinians watch Israeli heavy machinery demolish vacant apartment blocs by order of Israel's high court, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah, July 29, 2015. Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in the Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocs at the site. Dozens of Jewish settlers have gathered over the past several days at Beit El settlement to protest against the demolition. Israel's Supreme Court ruled the two partially-built dwellings were constructed illegally on Palestinian-owned land.