The disparity between the water allocation and usage by Israel and the Jewish settler colonists in the illegal Jewish settlement colonies in Palestine, and the Palestinians themselves is shocking. Palestinians are allocated below the minimum standard set by the World Health Organization (WHO) per capita per diem. The majority of water is located in a large underground aquifer in Palestine. It is no coincidence or accident that Israel’s illegal Jewish settlement colonies are over the aquifer and near natural springs. Israel is plundering (a crime) the natural resources of Palestine and using water as a weapon of collective punishment against Palestinians, simply because they exist and refuse to leave their country to make way for Jewish settler colonists. Israel steals water from under Palestine and makes Palestinians pay Israel for the little water they can actually get. Continue reading Water as a weapon
6 June, 2014 PIC
The water resources in the West Bank are fully controlled by the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) through Mekorot company (Israel’s national water company), which allocates 7 times more water to each settler than to the Palestinian citizen.
Due to Israel’s water apartheid policies, the West Bank has been facing grave water shortages, forcing many of its residents to purchase water from the nearby villages or from vendors of private water trucks at a high cost. Continue reading Water crisis in the WB aggravates due to IOA control over water resources
7 July, 2013 Uruknet
The drive to Nablus is uneventful, unlike the experience of two of our delegates who got stuck in a massive four hour happening at a checkpoint that involved many IDF and tanks and lots of waiting and cigarette smoking and no clear explanations. The Al Yasmeen Hotel, on the edge of the old city, seems to have perked up since our last visit, with many more guests and meetings, although, despite an attentive and friendly staff of attractive young men, and five separate attempts to book our rooms, they managed to screw it up anyway. Small potatoes in the occupied territories. Continue reading Their water supply taken by Israeli settlers, Palestinian villagers depend on donkeys
19 Mar 2012 Agence France Presse
Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of natural springs in the West Bank, limiting or preventing Palestinian access to much-needed water sources, a United Nations report said on Monday.
The report produced by the UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 30 springs across the West Bank had been completely taken over by settlers, with Palestinians unable to access them at all. Continue reading Israeli settlers taking over Palestinian springs: UN report
9 July, 2013 Press TV
Villagers in Wadi Fukin near Bethlehem were attacked by Israeli settlers from a nearby settlement, when they intentionally poured thousands of tons of sewage into the only natural water spring and the land.
Israeli settlers from the nearby settlement of Betar Elit poisoned over 100 dunums of Palestinian agricultural land, rendering both the water and crops unusable. Continue reading Violent Jewish settlers dump sewage on Palestinian land, spring
March 2012 UNOCHA (pdf)
How Dispossession Happens: The Humanitarian Impact of the Takeover of Palestinian Water Springs by Israeli Settlers
In recent years, Israeli settler activity in the West Bank has significantly impaired Palestinian access to, and use of, a growing number of water springs. Springs are the single largest source of water for irrigation in the West Bank and an important coping mechanism for communities not connected to a water network, or poorly supplied, to meet domestic and livelihood needs. The main methods used by settlers to that end have been intimidation and threats, and the erection of fences around the targeted areas. Continue reading UNOCHA – How dispossession happens: Israeli takeover of Palestinian water springs