JDECO Warns of an Impending State of Chaos in the West Bank if Power Outage Takes Place

PNN | August 16, 2012

Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) warned on Wednesday 15th August, of the dire consequences on the public services and economic activity in the Middle West Bank as a result of the impending abrupt electricity outage if the Israel Electricity Company (IEC) goes ahead with its written warning delivered to the company on Tuesday 14th August.

IEC is threatening to start the process for seizing JDECO assets and start abrupt electricity outages on areas serviced by JDECO including the cities of Ramallah, Jericho, and Bethlehem where most economic activities of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) takes place.

The threat comes at the heels of JDECO’s inability to service more than NIS 500 million shekels in past debt owed to IEC. The majority of the debt is as a result of PNA not being able to pay JDECO payments in arrears for electricity services, the outstanding debt by refugee camps to JDECO, in addition to pervasive electricity theft and nonpayment.

“We have warned the Palestinian National Authority of the serious predicament we found JDECO in, however the problem was never taken seriously. Because of our understanding of the financial bind of the PNA, we have tried to buy time by renegotiating the debt we owe to IEC and trying to work on other steps such as urging customers not to waste energy and to fight theft to reduce the bill owed to IEC,” Said Yousef Dajani, JDECO Chairman of JDECO.

He also added, “However, our efforts alone are not enough the issue of government not paying its debt and also the money owed by refugee camps in our jurisdiction is a responsibility of the government and its time for the government to act. Our Board of directors have pledge to cooperate with the PNA like always, but the alarm bell is on.”

IEC has said in a written notice to JDECO that it will also stop facilitating new connection grids that are designed to match population and construction growth in the West Bank with additional capacity in electricity supply, which will put a lid on many housing and real estate projects in the West Bank, as it is inconceivable to grow and develop new projects without electricity grids and reliable capacity and service.

“I do not believe that the Israeli government nor the international community, want to see stability and prosperity replaced by chaos and severe slowdown in economic activity in the West Bank in lieu of a decent state of normalcy, if the IEC goes ahead with its threat to cut off electricity supply to key cities, towns and localities,” Continued Mr. Dajan, “We are worried about the impact of such outages on emergency and humanitarian services such as hospitals, water supply and telecom services, this could bring the West Bank Economy to a halt further exacerbating the public’s existing frustration with the government’s economic policies and the political frustration of an already agitated public opinion.”

JDECO assured its consumers that it will exert all efforts to avert the power outage and the seizure of assets by IEC, a very sensitive development in the national psychic of consumers, and that it is in constant contact with the government to ensure a quick fix solution is found.



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Ministery declares state of emergency – Photography
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Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention clearly establish that Israel, as the occupying power, not only has a duty to ensure medical supplies reach hospitals in the OPT, but to ensure and maintain the services of the hospitals too. As High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, other states not only have a moral duty but also a legal obligation to ensure Israel abides by its commitments to the protected population of the OPT.

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, As a States Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel is obliged under Article 24 of the treaty to recognise the right of every child under its effective jurisdiction “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services”.

Update as per June 3, 2012

  • June 14, 2012 | WHO: Gaza closure compromises right to health | Maan
  • May 29, 2012 | Fuel Crisis Impacts Water and Sanitation & Health Services in Gaza | Source
  • May 20, 2012 | “Long and Healthy Lives” of Babies in Danger as Vaccins are Depleted | Alert
  • May 18, 2012 | Lives of more than 400 kidney patients at risk in Gaza | Source

note occpal | June 3, 2012 | At this moment 204 types of medication and 218 types of medical consumables are depleted completely. 200 others are on their way to depletion. Including zero stock of Thalassamia and Cancer medications are not available.

The fuel crisis prevents normal operation of nurseries, ICU & heart units and the emergency generators will encounter problems to face normal surgery schedules. Due to blackouts of power, also sewerage, water pumps and all operating on power shuts down which poses extra health risks which is unacceptable.

The international community though, is not pressuring Israel though about it’s killing by proxy policies which causes 1.7 million people in Gaza now to be effectively in a state of emergency and severe deprivation.

More Resources or related information:

  • June 9, 2012 | Gaza health ministry cautions over 450 medical items running out | Petra Jordan News Agency
  • Over 173 Children died due 2 obstructed healthcare: Report Al-Mezan
  • Download the Full Report of Al-Mezan (PDF)
  • Palestinian deaths following infringement of right to medical treatment – B’ TselemReport
  • 35 babies died at Israeli checkpoints – Report
  • Israel Kills Dialysis in Gaza – 450 Patients Lives Are In DangerReport
  • Dialysis in Paralysis | Electronic IntifadaReport
  • Factsheet on Gazan Children’s Access to Medical Care – Al Mezan | 173 children diedReport
  • UK Diplomat wife dies after forced to renew Jerusalem permitReport
  • 2 Children & Lives of Dozens of Others Endangered Israel’s Infringement of Medical CareReport
  • Infant close 2 death as Israel denies medicationReport
  • Starve Them – Shoot Them – Then Give Them CancerReport
  • PUT PALESTINIANS ON A DIET – Media Bury documents revealing israel’s deliberate policy of near starvation for GazaReport
  • Israel to Supreme Court to prevent exposure of document containing minimal calorie requirements for Gaza – May1, 2011Report
  • Israel Restricts the Access of Gaza Patients to Urgent Medical Treatment if their Condition is Not Life-Threatening | In violation of Medical Ethics and International Law | Al Mezan | June 30, 2010Report
  • Children and Armed Conflict: Developments in the OPT | UN | April 13, 2010Report
  • Water apartheid leaves Palestinian children ill | Report

Medical care by asked/forced collaboration

  • Palestinians hoping to leave Gaza Strip asked to collaborate with Israel – PHR Isael – Dec 28, 2011Report

Torture, Healthcare or neglect of healthcare in Prisons

  • UFree: Israeli doctors conceal torture incidents in Israeli jails | UFree Report
  • Doctoring the Evidence Abandoning the Victim – Complicity of Israeli physicians in torture – PHRReport


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  • Avoidable Death of Pregnant women & their Unborn at Israeli Checkpointsvideo
  • If you have no idea about avoidable mortality by Israel’s deliberate policies: Meet BABY FIRASvideo


  • Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Discrimination in Access to Health; Lower Health – PHR – Report

While in the horrible holocaust, 1 in 6, so 1 million people died of the Nazi but exactly similar deliberate deprivation, Israel is doing exactly the same to Palestinians. Research (see link below) showed the annual deathrate by violent & passive aggression is about 5000 deaths a year. Called Avoidable mortality or Excess Death.
The Palestinian Genocide – The fact which are being silenced | Research

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How many more dead corpses of Palestinians and their children does the international community need to see in order to act?
How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed?
How long so the world intervenes in this ongoing warcrime and it will be stopped once and for all?

For the sake of children and ill people in Palestine, share this post as wide as you can and keep sharing it. Health is no choice for many, right to medical care is a Human Right. Infringement of such is a passive form of aggression which policies Israel deliberately deploys with the intention to ethnic cleanse.

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