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Hebron suffers landfill and water shortage, aggravated by Israel
Published Sunday 11/05/2014 (updated) 12/05/2014 20:09
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Like many cities in the region, the southern West Bank city of Hebron faces a shortage of space for waste disposal. Unlike most cities, however, Hebron's problems are exacerbated by gun-toting Israeli settlers who forcibly access the area's main landfill.

Mayor Dawood Zaatari told Ma'an on Sunday that the al-Minya landfill, which was built with World Bank funds specifically to serve the 800,000 Palestinian residents of the Bethlehem and Hebron regions, is still being used by Israeli settlers who dump their waste "at gunpoint."

"We could take the case to international courts in order to stop settlers from using the dump," al-Zaatari added, stressing that "settlements are illegal and we don't recognize them."

Al-Zaatari, who chairs the Joint Service Council for Solid Waste Management of Bethlehem and Hebron, added that the council contacted several international organizations and donor countries in attempt to stop settlers' violations. "A legal committee is studying the case and we could end up filing a complaint against settlers," he added.

The al-Minya landfill is the first modern waste landfill in the southern West Bank, and was intended to dispose of 34 percent of the entire West Bank's total needs.



Hebron has also been suffering from a serious water shortage that is expected to take a few years in order to be fixed, the mayor told Ma'an.

Asked about the water crisis in Hebron and the municipality's preparations for the upcoming summer, the mayor said that all West Bank districts face water crises in summer. The problem, he said, is mainly political as Israel maintains control on water resources in the West Bank.

Hebron municipality is about to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Palestinian water authority to implement a wastewater desalination facility which will provide initially 12,000 cubic meters of water for agricultural and industrial use every day.

Hebron city needs 40,000 cubic meters of water every day. The Palestinian water authority, however, can provide only 25,000 cubic meters, according to mayor al-Zaatari, due to Israeli control over West Bank water resources.

Responding to a question about claims of maldistribution of water, the mayor said: "Water distribution is controlled electronically and we make sure that water is distributed equally to all citizens."

He added, however, that hospitals, medical centers and civil society organizations and the old city of Hebron are given priority because they deal with humanitarian issues.
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1 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
11/05/2014 17:46
40 sites were identified for drilling into eastern mountain aquifer in the Hebron hills region, and permits were granted to the Palestinians by the Israel-PA Joint Water Committee. Over the past 20 years, the Palestinians have drilled just one-third of these sites, despite the fact that the international community has offered to finance the drilling of all sites. If the Palestinians were to drill and develop all these wells, they could have completely solved the existing water problem.

2 ) Mel / USA
11/05/2014 17:49
The most CRIMINAL & inhumane thing,is that Israel's collective punishment &sequestering of non-Jews into/next to Jewish-garbage dumps,is CALCULATED &DELIBARATE,funded by USG,ignored by EU/UK,as part of the Zionist Plan-D persecution,extermination of non-Jews in Palestine.Bury,gas them under Jewish trash from illegal Zionist human-trash colonies!All to make Palestinians will leave"voluntarily"so Israel can become a neo-Nazionist AshKKKeNazi state!WATER,CLEAN AIR,FOOD are inalienable HUMAN RIGHTS!

3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
11/05/2014 18:06
Part 2; Up to 33 percent of water in Palestinian cities is wasted through leakage. Upkeep on the Palestinians’ urban water infrastructure has been completely neglected. By comparison, leakage from Israeli municipal water pipes amount to only 10 percent of water usage. If the Palestinians were to fix 2/3 of their leaky pipes, they would have access to another 20 million cubic meters of water per year, more than the entire shortage of water in the Hebron region.

4 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
11/05/2014 18:09
Part 3; If the Palestinians were to begin drilling the Eastern Mountain Aquifer, at the sites already approved for drilling, they very quickly would secure an additional 50 million cubic meters of water per year, this is almost 10 times the water shortage cited above in the article.

5 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
11/05/2014 18:12
Part 4: Palestinians treat less than 5% of their sewage and waste water. Non is recycled for agricultural use. If the Palestinians were to collect and treat their urban waste water, they would gain at least 30 million cubic meters of water a year. This would free up 30 million cubic meters (per year) of fresh water, currently used for agriculture, for home usage. This would allow them both to improve their urban water supply and to expand agricultural lands.

6 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
11/05/2014 18:20
Part 5: If the Palestinians were to adopt drip irrigation technology, they would save 10 million cubic meters a year. This would allow them to expand their irrigated lands. Add this 10 million cubic meters to the other 90 million available to the Palestinians, the Palestinians could easily increase their water supply from 200 mcm to 300 mcm. Why have the Palestinians not done so over the 21 years since Oslo was signed? They prefer to blame it on the Israelis rather than fix the problem.

7 ) ONLY JOINING MORE U.N / ORGANIZATIONS WILL
11/05/2014 19:40
SOLVE THE WATER PROBLRM.

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
11/05/2014 21:40
Peace could solve "Hebron landfill and water shortage" problems, and the Palestinian government should really consider a real peace, even if it means that they must talk to Israel unconditionally.

9 ) Outlier / USA
12/05/2014 18:09
Also aggravated by growing population and global warming, but those don't fit Ma'an's definition of "newsworthy."

10 ) zahwa / malta
14/05/2014 09:32
Rondo why to treat sewage? Europeans like to take palestinian sh-t straight up

11 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
17/05/2014 06:35
Palestinian Society is the most racist on the planet. "Jews Prohibittes from using Landfill" should be the actual title. Talk about "Apartheid." Have Palestinians no shame?
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