THE “WATER PIRATES” OF THE WEST BANK

water pirate

Another case of ‘blaming the victim’…….
For over 60 years Israelis have been stealing the water and other resources that belong to the Palestinian people…. but now that the illegal settlements are growing rather than disappearing, the Palestinian’s use of water has become a ‘threat’ to these criminals.

Amnesty International, said in a report released last month, Israel is denying Palestinians adequate access to clean, safe water while allowing almost unlimited supplies to Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The following report and video at the end deal with this situation……

Palestinians denied access to water

Palestinian farmers in the West Bank, or “water pirates” as Israeli occupation forces prefer to call them, are siphoning off drinking water pipes in an effort to secure water to irrigate their farmland.

Water is an increasingly disputed resource between Israel and the Palestinians.

A World Bank report has accused Israel of using four times more water than Palestinians from the so-called Mountain Aquifer that bridges Israel and the territory and runs along the West Bank. Israel disputes that claim and says the Palestinians are jeopardising the resource through illegal use.

Palestinians argue they are being denied access in order to force them off their land.

This exclusive report from Al Jazeera shows Israeli occupation forces dismantling a farmer’s water pipes in the agricultural village of al-Baqa.

Badran Jaber, a Palestinian farmer, told Al Jazeera: “We were surprised by a large group of soldiers and settlers who surrounded the entire area. We asked them: ‘why are you doing this and what do you want?’ They refused to speak to us.

“Men who came with the soldiers stormed the field and pulled out all the irrigation pipes, destroying the crops.”

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland reports on how Israeli rules blight the lives of many Palestinians.

Nader al-Khateeb, the director of Friends of the Earth in the Middle East, told Al Jazeera: “We are under occupation and everything is restricted by Israeli procedures.

“This policy is not a new policy, there are lots of examples of Israel trying to force Palestinians to leave their land so settlements can expand easily.

“This is an organised Israeli policy designed to prevent the development of the Palestinian economy – knowing that agriculture is a major sector within the economy.”

Dire situation

Amnesty International, said in a report released last month, Israel is denying Palestinians adequate access to clean, safe water while allowing almost unlimited supplies to Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.

Israel’s war on Gaza early this year left
water reservoirs severely damaged [AFP]

Israel’s daily water consumption per capita is four times higher than the 70 litre per person consumed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to the report entitled: Troubled waters – Palestinians denied fair access to water.

“Swimming pools, well-watered lawns and large irrigated farms in Israeli settlements … stand in stark contrast next to Palestinian villages whose inhabitants struggle even to meet their domestic water needs,” the human rights group said.

Israel’s water authority called the report “biased and incorrect, at the very least” and said that while there is a water gap, it is not nearly as big as presented by Amnesty.

The Amnesty report said Israel uses more than 80 per cent of water drawn from the aquifer and while Israel has other water sources, the aquifer is the West Bank’s only supply of water.

 

In the Gaza Strip, several repair works were under way to improve sanitation before the Israeli blockade was imposed in 2007.

But the projects have been on hold under the siege, as Israel is preventing repair materials from coming into the Strip.

Adding to an already dire situation, Israel’s war on Gaza early this year left water reservoirs, wells, sewage networks and pumping stations severely damaged.

Amnesty said between 180,000 and 200,000 Palestinians in West Bank rural communities have no access to running water, while taps in other areas often run dry.

“Israel allows the Palestinians access to only a fraction of the shared water resources, which lie mostly in the occupied West Bank”, Donatella Rovera, an Amnesty researcher, said.


 

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7 Comments

  1. Michael Horesh said,

    November 16, 2009 at 09:34

    Maybe if the PA delivered to teh towns and cities the water it receives from Israel – under the Oslo Accords and monitored by teh UN – then there would not be a shortage.
    Or how about drilling new wells as apporved by a joint Israel – Palestinian committee?
    The pirates exist because of a lousy Palestinian leadership and not becaue of Israel.

  2. desertpeace said,

    November 16, 2009 at 10:27

    Michael, the Palestinian Authority is a part and parcel of Israel….. so Israel IS to blame.

  3. Hans said,

    November 16, 2009 at 13:55

    You pay for what you have elected. Elect corrupt boo-zoos then what do you expect?

  4. November 17, 2009 at 03:54

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  5. the cook said,

    November 17, 2009 at 03:56

    hamas was the elected gov’t and israel is on stolen land wake up to your selves they shoud’nt be there anyway.check your recent history and throw that other stupid so called good book down the al quiada(the toilet).we are all palistineian now thanks to the jewish israeli bankers.the usa is letting there kids die for israel and giving them aid to do it while they take care of palistine.they are coming for you and if you don’t believe me, check out how many dual citezin israeli americans run your usurping congress.like i said wake up to yourselves.

  6. cezille said,

    November 17, 2009 at 06:55

    the government is the one who is responsible to take action of it.

  7. November 18, 2009 at 04:14

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