Maan News Agency: Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem

Published today (updated) 12/12/2010 21:31

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian contractor was hired to dump chemical waste from Israeli factories in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, the governor said Sunday.

The issue arose in November, when Palestinian Authority security forces seized a truckload of chemical waste originating from Israeli factories. The waste was examined in PA laboratories and found to be hazardous.

Talal Dweikat, speaking on Ma’an radio, said PA forces were put on alert to seize any trucks transferring waste to Tulkarem. Security officials arrested a driver carrying chemical materials to be dumped in the grounds of Khaduri University, he said, adding that the driver was transferred to the general attorney for prosecution.

University President Daoud Az-Za’tery said Khaduri had started to hold awareness courses to educate students on the hazardous materials. The university was producing brochures about the issue, and would inform human rights organizations, ambassadors and consulates as part of a campaign to raise awareness, he said.

In coordination with security departments, the university administration had intensified efforts to monitor vehicles entering university grounds, Az-Za’tery said, adding that a new fence was planned.

Both officials were hosted on Ma’an’s radio program “On The Table” after the show received many complaints from residents of Tulkarem concerned about chemical waste emanating from Israeli factories in the area.

via Maan News Agency: Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem.


Settlers forgot “their” G-d’s laws:


“When you lay siege to a city and wage war against it a long time to capture it, do not destroy its trees, wielding an ax against any food-producing tree. Is a tree of the field a man who will come against you in the siege?”

(Deuteronomy 20:19).


Take from nature what you need, but do not destroy it!”

(Mishneh Torah, The Laws of Kings 6:8-10)


“Not only the trees, rather whoever breaks vessels and rents garments, destroys a building and obstructs a wellspring, or wastes food in a destructive way transgresses the mitzvah of “Bal Tashchit” (“don’t destroy”)…”

(Rambam, Mishna Torah, Hilchot Melachim 6:10)


“The prohibition of destroying fruit-trees during a siege and, likewise, all destruction is included in this prohibition. The root of the mitzvah is known to teach our souls to love what is good and useful and to subsequently cleave to it; through this, the good will cleave to us and we will distance ourselves from every evil thing and every destruction (waste). This is the way of people of good deeds who love peace, rejoice in the good of creation and bring everyone close to the Torah. They do not destroy anything-even a mustard seed-and it troubles them to encounter any destruction or harm. If they can act to save anything from destruction, they use their entire strength to do so.”

(Sefer Hachinuch, Mitzvah 529)


“At the time when Hashem created the first human being, He showed him each of the trees in the Garden of Eden and told him: “See my works how good and excellent they are! Now all that I created is for your sake. Think upon this. Do not corrupt or destroy My world. For if you destroy it, there will be no one to restore it after you.

(Kohelet Raba 7:19)


And you must walk in His ways”

(Devarim 28:8)


End lesson REAL Judaism.

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