Israeli theft of Arab water sources

Stealing Arab water sources for the survival and prosperity of European Jewish settlements in Palestine – has been on the World zionist Movement since the early 19th century. The first water-based European Roshbina Jewish settlement was built in spring and water rich Upper Galilee in 1878. In 1903, the Egyptian government turned-down Zionist movement’s request to divert the course of the Nile River to Sinai and Negev in Palestine to build Jewish settlements. In 1937, the British mandate authories conducted a study to divert water from Yarmuk in Transjordan for its future plan for the partition of Palestine. In 1978, Zionist regime occupied southern Lebanon and took control of Al-Wazzani and Al-Hasbani rivers. In 1982, it extended its control over Litani River. In fact the Zionist robbers pumped Lebanese water to its northern settlements for over two decades until its forces were forced to vacate most of southern Lebanon by Hizb’Allah fighters in 2000.

During 1965-66, Israeli tanks and military planes shelled and bombed Syrian attempts to divert the waters from Hatzhani and Banyas rivers – in order to stop Israelis stealing it to develop Jewish settlements in the Negev Desert.

Israel controls 80% of the groundwater in the West Bank. The Jewish settlements around Hebron have no trouble gaining water and at a much less cost from Mekorot, the Israeli national company. The Jews settlers are charged 4 shekels per cubic meter for the piped water-distribution network – which the cost Native Muslims and Christians 15-50 shekels for the tankered water supply.

In January 2009 – Eric Chevallier, spokesperson for the French ministry of foreign affairs confirmed that Tel Aviv had refused to allow a French-made water purification system into Gaza amid the drinking water crisis among the 1.5 million Gaza inhabitants.

Zionist regime is know for creating false-flage operation to have an excuse to invade its Arab neighbors and keep them backward ecnomically by destroying the country’s infrastructure. The Iraqi WMDs, the capture of israeli soldiers by Hamas and Hizb’Allah, the bombing of the so-called “Syrian nuclear complex” and the “the Iranian nuclear threat to the entire world” are the recent examples of Tel Aviv’s bogus alarms. Professor Steinberg (Bar-Illan University) was quoted: “Of all Israel’s war since 1948, this war (Lebanon 2006) was the one for which Israel was most prepared. In a sense, the preparations began in May 2000 (just after IOF was forced to withdraw from southern Lebanon by Hizb’Allah fighters on 22-23 July 2000).

According to some independent Israeli source – more than 62 percent of Israeli water consumption is drawn from OPT and neighboring Arab countries.

In its latest Report, the Amnesty International has accused Israel of denying Palestinians the right to access to adequate water by maintaining total control over the sahred water sources and pursuing discriminatory policies.

“Israel allows the Palestians access to only a fraction of the shared water sources, which lie mostly in the occupied West Bank, while the unlawful Israeli settlements there receive virtually unlimited supplies. In Gaza the Israeli blockade has made an already dire situation worse,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s researcher on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).

The report further states:

1. Israel uses more than 80 percent from the Mountain Aquifer, the main source of underground water in Israel and OPT, while restricting Palestinians access to mere 20 percent. The Mountain Aquifer is the only source of water supply for the West Bank residents – but only one of several for Israel.

2. While Palestinian consuption per day per person is less than 70 litres – the Jew occupiers consume more than 300 litres per person per day.

3. the 450,000 illegal Jewish settlers use as much water as the 2.3 million Natives.

4. In the Gaza Strip, 90 to 95 percent of the water from its only water source, the Coastal Aquifer, is contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Yet, Israel doesn’t allow the transfer of water from the Mountain Aquifer in the West Bank to Gaza.

5. Israel has appropriated large areas of water-rich Palestinian land it occupies and barred Palestinians from accessing them.

“Israel must end its discriminatory policies, immediately lift all the restrictions it imposes on Palestinians’ access to water, and take responsibility for addressing the problems it created by allowing Palestinians a fair share of the shared of the water resources,” said Donatella Rovera.

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