Archive for the ‘water’ tag
Many residents of Nofit are opposed to any attempt to permit a Bedouin family to build a home in their area, on land which they have owned since the Ottoman rule of the region. The family’s huts are not connected to any utilities. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
The banana groves in Kibbutz Ginosar in the Jordan Valley receive 41,000 cubic meters of water, which is equivalent to between 25-40 percent of the water allotment Israel gives to the Palestinian village of Ein al Beida for all of its needs, including drinking, washing, cleaning, and livestock and crop watering. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
More than a hundred reserve soldiers signed a petition calling for cutting off the Gaza Strip of electric power and other utilities. The petition wording is ”We call on the Israeli Government to cut off electricity, water and any other critical resource to the Gaza Strip in order to create deterrence ahead of a decision about a ground invasion.”
(Hebrew – HaKol HaYehudi)
Despite an order issued by the Civil Administration last week, unknown individuals have continued construction work at the Ein al-Qaws spring near the villages of Nabi Salih and Dir Nizam.
The United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has found that settlers have completely taken over 30 of the West Bank’s water springs, and turned some of them into tourist attractions, limiting Palestinians’ access to them. A further 26 springs are at risk of settler takeover. (OCHA PDF)
(Hebrew - Walla)
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report found that settlers have taken over about 30 Palestinian fountains in the West Bank, turned some of them into tourist attractions and are limiting Palestinian access to them.
A newly approved internal report of European Heads of Mission, titled “Area C and Palestinian State Building,” cautioned that the chances for a two-state solution on 1967 borders will be lost if Israel does not change its policies in Area C. Area C is defined by the Oslo Accords as those parts of the West Bank under full Israeli control. “What’s special about this report is that we are all partners in it and agree on the wording of it,” a European diplomat commented. In the factual section of the original, the report stated that Israeli policy in Area C “result in forced transfer of the native population.” According to the report, 5.8% of the West Bank’s Palestinian population – about 150,000 people – lives on Area C, which constitutes 62 % of the West Bank. The report found that the Israeli planning policy in these areas encourages the building of settlements and prevents Palestinian building; Israel demolishes houses to which it wouldn’t give building permits, prevents infrastructure development, restricts Palestinian’s freedom of movement and access to water and other resources.
The head of the Palestinian water authority, Dr. Shaddad Attili, argues that Israel has delayed water and sewage development projects, in response to their unwillingness to support such projects in the settlements. He also related that Israel prevents Palestinians from developing additional water sources which are much needed.
The [Arab] village of Ein Khod in the Carmel has been cut off from the national water supply for two weeks due to a debt to Mekorot, the national water company.
A leak in a central water pipe left hundreds of residents in Ashdod without water since last night. Municipality workers who came to fix the pipe met with aggressive resistance from Haredi residents living nearby who opposed the works taking place on Shabbat. The workers decided to postpone repair work until the end of Shabbat and deliver water tanks to residents instead.