Palestinian Youth Deliver “Thirsting for Justice” Petition to European Diplomatic Representations


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PNN – Palestine News Network –  15.11.11 – 21:56 EWASH

Representatives of the Jerusalem Youth Parliament delivered on Thursday a photo petition to European diplomatic representations as part of the Thirsting for Justice Campaign launched in March 2011 by the Emergency, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (EWASH) group.

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From left, Yassmin Ala Al-Dien, Laila Abedrabbo, European Union political affairs representative Joris Van Winckel, Ramadan Kasim, Yara Fugha and European Union project manager for water, transport and energy AbdelKarim Yakobi at the European Union office in Jerusalem on Thursday (Photo by Alex ABU ATA/EWASH)

Supporters of the campaign sent in photos holding banners with messages calling for water justice for Palestinians. Israel has restricted Palestinian access to adequate water and sanitation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The campaign aims to highlight these difficulties and mobilize European citizens to take actions in support of Palestinian rights.

The youth delivered the petition to representatives of France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Denmark using the opportunity to voice concern at the lack of progress in the realization of their basic rights.

“Without water justice we cannot have a dignified life, European governments should do more to pressure Israel to respect our rights,” said a representative of the Jerusalem Youth Parliament.

Campaign ambassadors have conducted outreach initiatives with their communities about the daily difficulties Palestinians under occupation face in realizing their rights to water and sanitation, including the delivery of presentations and screening of videos.

Prominent figures who have endorsed the Thirsting for Justice Campaign include former vice-President of the European Union Parliament Luisa Morgantini and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

This article is an official press release by the Emergency, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Group (EWASH) and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Palestine News Network. EWASH is a coalition of 30 leading humanitarian agencies working in the field of water and sanitation sector in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Established in 2002, members include international and national NGOs and UN Agencies. For more information visit http://www.ewash.org.

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