Israel slammed for appropriating Palestinian water supplies


Palestinian children fill jars and bottles from a pipe transporting water from a village spring in a village near the West Bank city of Nablus. (File photo)

PressTV | Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:11PM GMT

A report by a Palestinian NGO says Israel has been practicing “water apartheid” against Palestinians, depriving them of their “rightful water supply.”

The report released by the Ramallah-based al-Haq organization denounces a “discriminatory access” to water supplies which allows the 500,000 Israelis in the occupied West Bank receive six times the amount of water the 2.6 million Palestinians there are given.

Titled “Water for One People Only: Discriminatory Access and ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” the report explained how the growing illegal settlements continue to reroute water to the Israeli water company.

It said as an “occupying power,” Israel is violating international humanitarian law, under which the regime have no rights over the occupied territory or its natural resources.

“Israel has extensively and unlawfully appropriated Palestinian water resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the sole benefit of those residing in Israel and Israeli colonies,” the report stated.

The NGO also blamed Tel Aviv for “maintaining a practice of extensive destruction of Palestinian water infrastructure,” noting that over 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank are not connected to a water network.

Al-Haq called on Israel and third-party states to take immediate steps to end the exploitation and appropriation of Palestinian natural assets and devise structural changes to the management system for shared water resources.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has also criticized Israel for its continuous demolition of Palestinian water sources.


“Access to safe water is a fundamental human need & therefore a basic human right.” ~Kofi Annan Information portal about the Human Rights to Water & Sanitation

Gaza | Continuously without water, without sewage, even by force because Israel opens a dam.

Everything is being done, to make life in Gaza impossible. Gaza remains Worlds Largest open Air prison, an israel an an occupier, even neglects rights of the “concentrationcamp”-people they are lawfully to respect, as per International and Humanitairian laws is obligated to even as an occupying force.

As a “Disengaged Occupier” (Report from GISHA), Israel uses deprivation of water as a mean of ethnic cleansing. Access to water, restricting or making the quality causing water borne diseases are to be called deliberate and common policy rather than obeying to at least minimal standards of humanitarian or morals. Even causing deaths, which can be classified as “Avoidable Mortality” also known as “Excess Deaths”: The difference between statisticly proof of normal deathtrates, compared to the reality and difference due to bad ruling or care, even under occupation in which an occupier has also obligations under International Law and is responsible for the continuation of basic needs and supply of such. Reality is, Israel does all not to provide this.

These and many more policies like the calories per head-policy for Gaza, result in a flagrant violation of Human Rights and is a  cause of many illnesses and even deaths which are silenced. Media coverage of Israeli attacks or damage on Gaza and West Bank tend to focus on the immediate damage inflicted. Like a well is destroyed, or polluted. Like a dam which is deliberately flooded. But the excess deaths and diseases due to the policies are silenced by all means.

From the news: Occupation opens dams flooding Palestinian homes in Abasan (nov 4, 2011)


January 19, 2010 at 13:20 (Gaza, Health Crisis, Israel, Palestine, Photography, zionist harassment)
Gaza flooded after Israel opens dam gates Israel has opened the floodgates of one of its dams in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, flooding Palestinian houses and causing severe damage.

The Israeli authorities opened the dam’s floodgates without any prior warning or coordination with local authorities in Gaza, stunning the residents of the area, the Press TV correspondent in Gaza reported late on Monday.

There has been heavy rain in the region over the past 24 hours. It seems the Israeli authorities could not handle the huge amount of rainwater and decided to open the floodgates without prior warning.

Because Gaza is located in a low-lying area and the elevation decreases on the way to the Mediterranean Sea, water gushed into the area, flooding two Palestinian villages and displacing a hundred Gazan families. The locals say Israel intentionally caused the floods, the Press TV correspondent said.

The waters from the dam, called the Valley of Gaza, flooded houses in Johr al-Deek village, which is southeast of Gaza City, and Nusirat in the eastern part of the territory, where the Al-Nusirat refugee camp is also located. The Valley of Gaza is about 8 kilometers long. It starts on the eastern Gaza border with Israel and ends in the Mediterranean.

The houses of many Palestinians have been flooded and a number of people are trapped inside or on their roofs, while many have also gone missing, the Press TV correspondent said. Rescue teams are using small boats to evacuate the trapped people.

Hamas has condemned the act as a war crime and has called on all concerned parties to intervene and offer assistance to the locals.The flooding has made life more difficult for the Gazans, especially for those still living in tents because their homes were destroyed in the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

In the war, more than 1,400 people were killed, mostly women and children, and over 10,000 houses were destroyed or damaged, forcing at least 500 families to live in tents.

Very little progress is seen in reconstruction of the devastated areas in the Gaza Strip, mostly due to the Israeli blockade, which has prevented the delivery of building materials to the coastal enclave.

From the Palestine Telegraph
Israel opens Dam so Gaza submerges

Gaza – Many Palestinian houses were under water in Central Gaza after Israel opened a closed dam on Tuesday. Israeli authorities opened the “Al-Wadi” dam without prior notice after heavy rainfall on the area.

Seventy citizens were rescued by Civil defense staffs. Medical sources said that 9 citizens were injured and transferred to Gaza hospitals. They said that rescue teams rushed to the area and evacuated all the residents who live in distance of 500-600m in Al-Moghraqa, central Gaza Strip. The minister of Social Affairs Ministry in Gaza, Ahmed Al-Kord, said that they opened Kafer Yasef School for 100 evacuated families. He added that the ministry provided them with the need supplies of food and sheets.

In the West Bank demolitions of wells, springs & water structures

List of water structures in the West Bank demolished by Israel from 2009 to 2011 (source: UN OCHA)
Demolition date Community Governorate Type Number Est. people affected
08-06-09 Al-Baqa / al-Bweira Hebron well 7 80
03-09-09 Al-Baqa Hebron cistern 3 101
11-02-10 Al-Bassa Hebron spring 5 100
24-02-10 Kafr Dan Jenin well 5 166
14-07-10 Al-Baqa Hebron cistern 1 17
15-07-10 Abu al-Urgan Hebron cistern 1 20
19-07-10 Al-Baqa Hebron cistern 1 17
02-08-10 Wadi al-Ghrous Hebron well 1 50
04-08-10 Jabal Joher Hebron well 1 90
04-08-10 Wadi al-Joz Hebron well 1 9
11-10-10 Khallet al-Warda Hebron cistern 1 23
27-10-10 Deir Abu Dief Jenin well 4 11,583
30-11-10 Ar-Rashayida Bethlehem cistern 1 50
14-12-10 Kassem ad-Daraj/Um ad-Daraj Hebron cistern 14 950
29-12-10 At-Tur Jerusalem cistern 2 26
19-01-11 Al-Issawiya Jerusalem well 1 4
17-02-11 Khallet al-Furn Hebron cistern 4 29
22-02-11 Susiya Hebron cistern 2 41
02-03-11 al-Ghrous, Baqa Hebron cistern 2 7
23-03-11 Ar-Rashayida Bethlehem cistern 2 111
07-04-11 al-Aqaba Tubas water stream 1
07-04-11 Khallet al-Fahma Bethlehem cistern 2 37
05-05-11 Susiya Hebron cistern 2 94
26-05-11 Idhna Hebron cistern 2 47
29-05-11 Kafr Dan Jenin well 8 40
14-06-11 al-Harayeq Hebron cistern 2 40
23-06-11 Arab ar-Rashayida Bethlehem cistern 1 41
05-07-11 al-Khader Bethlehem cistern 1 30
12-07-11 an-Nassariya Nablus well 3 37
08-09-11 an-Nassariya Nablus well 3 37
13-09-11 an-Nassariya Nablus well 1 10
13-09-11 Bait Hasan Nablus well 1 285
13-09-11 Tammun Tubas well 1 92
04-10-11 Kufr ad-dik Salfit well 1 12
04-10-11 Beit Ula Hebron cistern 4 80
17-11-11 Udeissa Hebron cistern 1 11
17-11-11 al-Baqa’a Hebron water pool 1 18
24-11-11 Idhna Hebron well 2 34
08-12-11 Beit Ula Hebron cistern 1 8
21-12-11 Kufr ad-dik Salfit well 3 75
22-12-11 Idhna Hebron well 4 116
22-12-11 Idhna Hebron cistern 3 0
22-12-11 Idhna Hebron tank 2 0
22-12-11 al-Majnuna Hebron water pool 10 500

Updates 2012

  • France accuses Israel of water ‘apartheid’ in West Bank | Haaretz | Jan 16, 2012
  • List of water structures demolished by Israel in the West Bank from 2009 to 2011List
  • For more info read “The Right to Water – A Policy of Denial and Forced Displacement in the OPT”  – Report Al-Haq
  • May 23, 2012 | Water apartheid leaves Palestinian children ill | Electronic Intifada
  • June 5, 2012 | In a recent report , Al Mezan center for Human Rights facts are related that  Israel’s blockade damaged the environment in Gaza | Report
  • June 8, 2012 | Water desalination projects to solve Gaza’s problems: a wolf in sheep’s clothing? | Electronic Intifada
  • June 14, 2012 | Gaza water too contaminated to drink, say charities | BBC


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