Israelis get four-fifths of scarce West Bank water, says World Bank

1. An new old story ‘resurfacing’ in the mass media. My emphasis in bold.

”A deepening drought in the Middle East is aggravating a dispute over water resources after the World Bank found that Israel is taking four times as much water as the Palestinians from a vital shared aquifer.”

”Increasingly, West Bank Palestinians must rely on water bought from the Israeli national water company, Mekorot.

”In some areas of the West Bank, Palestinians are surviving on as little as 10 to 15 litres a person each day, which is at or below humanitarian disaster response levels recommended to avoid epidemics. In Gaza, where Palestinians rely on an aquifer that has become increasingly saline and polluted, the situation is worse. Only 5%-10% of the available water is clean enough to drink.

2. Here are some great facts on the extent of the issue. Absolutely shocking stuff; I believe now, more than ever, that the usurping entity’s days are numbered.

”It (the mountain acquifier) is typically divided into three sub-aquifers. The primary one, due to the high quality of its water, is the Western Aquifer. Most of its recharge area lies in the West Bank, while the entire storage area lies in Israel. 95% of its water is used by Israel.The second one, the Northern Aquifer, has both its recharge and storage areas essentially located within the West Bank. However, Israel extracts about 70% of the water. Finally, the Eastern Aquifer, which is entirely within the West Bank, has 37% of its water consumed by Israel – mostly by settlers.


One thought on “Israelis get four-fifths of scarce West Bank water, says World Bank”

  1. Keep up the statement and re-statement of the water issues in the West Bank. For some reason, the general American reader does not get a chance to read about this in the main media outlets.
    The American public should see stories on the peace agreement terms worked out earlier by Ariel Sharon, which left the access to water under the Israeli settlements of the west bank and gave 43% of the waterless land to the Palestinians. At least more readers would be outraged over the deliberate destruction of Palestinian agricultural life by denying those villages their own water. I have followed the stories since the early nineties about the destruction of infrastructure by the army in their raids all over the West Bank, and have read of the imprisonment of professors and agronomists for raising this issue, but rarely is this type of story on the television networks.
    Keep up your reporting

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