A Locked Garden: Declaration of Closed Areas in the West Bank |

A Locked Garden is a detailed, extensive reports on closed areas in the West Bank. The report was written by Kerem Navot.

The State of Israel makes sweeping use of closure orders in the West Bank for varied purposes, foremost among them the closure of areas for the declared purpose of military training. This study reveals that the ongoing closure of the overwhelming majority of training areas in the West Bank is not intended to serve “military need,” since in 80% of the area no actual military training is held. The size of these areas, their dispersal, the correlation between them and additional statutory elements that limit the possible Palestinian use of them, such as settlement jurisdictional areas and declared nature reserves, and the fact the Civil Administration continues mapping “state lands” in considerable portions of them and does nothing to evict settlers who enter these areas illegally (even when the lands in question are privately owned by Palestinians) lead to the conclusion that the ongoing closure of these areas is a key layer in the lands regime orchestrated by the State of Israel in the West Bank. It appears that the main goal of this regime is to drastically reduce the Palestinian population’s ability to use the land and to transfer as much of it as possible to Israeli settlers.