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Fayyad: Water crisis due to Israel's control of resources
Published Monday 21/05/2012 (updated) 23/05/2012 09:29
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's control of Palestinian water resources in the West Bank is responsible for the water crisis, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Monday.

Opening a conference on water and the prospects for agricultural development in Palestine, Fayyed said strategic vision and a long-term plan were needed to resolve the crisis.

The two-day conference was organized by the Palestine Technical University, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Palestinian Water Authority.

Conference president Mahmud Rahil said Palestinian farmers must be supported, and that the water shortages were a political issue as Israel controls 85 percent of the water resources in the West Bank.

Palestinians must secure their water rights, Rahil said.

A UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report released in March said Jewish settlers had seized dozens of natural springs in the West Bank, barring Palestinians or limiting their access to scarce water sources.

The report added: "Since the beginning of its occupation in 1967, Israel has established and maintained a system of direct control over the exploitation and distribution of West Bank water resources."

Jewish settlers consume 300 liters per capita per day, compared to around 70 liters consumed by Palestinians.

Settlers are connected to the Israeli water network, which draws from wells in the West Bank and Israel. Most of the water allocated to settlers is used to produce agricultural goods for export, UNOCHA says.

Meanwhile, around 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank are vulnerable to water scarcity, the report adds.

Around 14,000 people rely on tankers of water at five times the price of piped water. They have access to around 30 liters a day, one-tenth the quantity accessed by settlers.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
22/05/2012 02:18
global warming too

2 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
22/05/2012 03:23
Political zionism will use any tactic, no matter how dirty, to dislodge the Palestinians from their land. Forcing them on buses and trucks and dumping them over the border will not be accepted. That is why Israel focuses on making life as miserable and difficult as possible. Robbing the Palestinians not only of their fertile farmland, but also of their water resources and destroying their wells, will sabotage the Palestinian economy and agriculture. This is ethnic cleansing by other means.

3 ) Israel also controls / THE AIR IN PALESTINE
22/05/2012 07:14
never forget that terrible fact

and they pollute the air intentionally to kill and maim innocent Palestinian children!

4 ) AKeenReader / UK
22/05/2012 12:44
Israeli tactics to remove residents from their homes becuase of lack of water. If this is not barbarism, inhumain acts of terror then what is? I hope that the world is keeping a note of such Israeli acts.

5 ) @ A
22/05/2012 15:42
Israelis do NOT "remove residents from their homes," unless the Jewish or Arab homes are built illegally, and the same is true for building water structures.
If you can't prove ownership, or don't have a building permit,
then you should NOT build a well or a reservoir, on Israeli controlled lands !!

6 ) Really / the PA
22/05/2012 15:45
Who is responsible for the Oslo Accords ??
- It is NOT just Israel.
- And, Israel has kept their Oslo agreements, at least regarding water, which means that THE PA IS RESPONSIBLE for the crisis, if it's even real.

7 ) Annie Burg / USA
22/05/2012 21:49
How many desalination or waste water plants does the PA have? Are they recycling their water or find it easier to blame another country? Israel recycles 80% or their OWN waste water and has built 220 reservoirs to hold the water. Water is rare in the Middle East and each country should plan for their own citizens. Israel does sell water to the PA and Jordan. BTW - Israel has built a water pipe to send water to Gaza; however, the government of Gaza refuses to connect.
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