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  • WATCH: What Israelis think about cutting off water to Palestinians

    Since the beginning of June, Israeli authorities have reduced the water supply to various Palestinian communities in the West Bank. The shortage has led to hardships in private homes, in industry, agriculture and livestock cultivation. So what would regular Israelis do if they had only a limited supply of water? Read more: A West Bank water crisis for Palestinians only Palestinians in East Jerusalem go 10 months without water WATCH: Palestinian village suffers from ongoing water shortage

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  • West Bank village wakes up to no water

    The municipal council of Qarawat Bani Hassan was not warned that their water supply was going to be nearly shut off for days, and attempts to get answers from Israel, through the Palestinian Authority, did not bear any fruit. Text and photos by: Ahmad al-Bazz / Activestills.org Last Wednesday, without any prior warning, the majority of houses in the West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, near Salfit, woke up to find that they had no running water. Municipal workers checked the village's main water valve, located on Road 505, a few meters from the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of…

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  • Red-Dead pipeline is the wrong answer, politically and environmentally

    Pumping Red Sea water into the Dead Sea to save it from drying up ignores environmental consequences, experts warn. Rights groups decry the plan as an 'attempt to force the Palestinian population to consent to their own dispossession.' By Keren Simons Israel and Jordan last Thursday signed a historic agreement to cooperate over their shared bodies of water, in a move to protect the shrinking Dead Sea and to address the looming potable water crisis in the two countries. A pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea is proposed to refill water in the salt lake, and desalinization plants…

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  • Palestinians in East Jerusalem go 10 months without water

    Israel refuses to connect four neighborhoods in its self-declared capital to running water. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in East Jerusalem have been cut off from a regular supply of running water for nearly a year due to to their location beyond Israel's separation barrier. Despite their location within the boundaries of Israel's self-declared capital, the neighborhoods of Ras Shehada, Ras Khamis, Dahyat A’salam and the Shuafat Refugee Camp have been suffering from a severe water crisis since last March, when residents went three weeks without any water supply. They have been forced to buy water bottles at a high cost, and…

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  • E. Jerusalem Palestinians demand running water be restored

    In areas where nearly 80 percent live under the poverty line, residents are being forced to buy bottled water for drinking, cooking, showering and cleaning. Palestinian East Jerusalem residents turned to Israel’s High Court on Tuesday demanding that running water be restored to their homes, after suffering for three weeks without it. The petition was filed on their behalf by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Shehada, Ras Khamis, Dahyat A’salam and the Shuafat refugee camp, which are cut off from the rest of the city by the separation wall, have gone…

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  • PHOTOS: 13 days without water in East Jerusalem

    The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Shehada, Ras Khamis, Dahyat A'salam and the Shuafat refugee camp, which are cut off from the rest of the city by the separation wall, have gone without running water since March 4. Text: Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Photos: Tali Mayer, Keren Manor, Shiraz Grinbaum / Activestills.org Locals say that Ras Shehada has had problems with water for more than two months, and Ras Khamis for more than 15 days, generally with low pressure and occasional cut-offs, and that this is the worst extended outage that these neighborhoods have ever experienced. With the rooftop reserve tanks now emptied, residents…

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  • From a Jenin funeral to solidarity in the Jordan Valley: A week in photos - August 15-21

    This week: Israeli forces kill a Palestinian in a Jenin raid, villagers return to land invaded by settlers, protesters camp out at Yair Lapid's house, Palestinians protest the against the occupation and in support of prisoners, an event in France promotes Palestinian culture and activists bring water to deprived Jordan Valley residents.                

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  • WATCH: Palestinian village suffers from ongoing water shortage

    Because Israel restricts Palestinian access to natural water sources in the West Bank, Palestinians are forced to depend on water allocation by Mekorot, the national water company. But in many West Bank villages, the daily water allocation supplied to residents is much lower than the minimal supply required by the global health monitoring organization. WATCH this video report by Israel Social TV on A-Dik, a small village near the settlement of Ariel, where residents find themselves in an ongoing water crisis.    This video was produced by Israel Social TV, an independent media NGO working to promote social change, human rights, social justice…

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  • Visualizing Occupation: Distribution of Water

    Israel controls the access to water from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Its disproportionate allocation of water, the settlements' takeover of natural springs, and the prohibition against maintaining and constructing water cisterns in the West Bank without Israeli permits make water a sparse commodity for Palestinians. This illustration is the sixth in a series of infographics on Palestinian civilian life under occupation. By Michal Vexler  >For the entire Visualizing Occupation series click here Sources: B'Tselem: The Shared Water Sources and the Control Over Them  Amnesty International: Troubled Waters:  Palestinians Denies Fair Access to Water United Nations OCHA: The Humanitarian Impact of the Takeover of Palestinian Water Springs…

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  • Harper's Magazine confronts Israel's water wars

    Harper's Magazine recently published a report from the West Bank about Israel's water wars with Palestinians. Below is a letter Joseph Dana wrote to Harper's along with additional commentary regarding Ben Ehrenreich's piece on water.  Ben Ehrenreich’s account of the unarmed demonstrations in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh perfectly captures the Palestinians’ everyday struggles for things Westerners take for granted, from freedom of movement to access to water [“Drip, Jordan,” Report, December]. Bernard Avishai’s “Abraham’s Children” [Essay, December], on the other hand, adopts an outdated, simplistic narrative, arguing that, through economic cooperation, peace could finally be achieved. Read…

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  • Father in "crying boy" video fined, sentenced to 3 months in prison

    Palestinian News Agency: "Water thieve" from Hebron convicted of assaulting soldiers by IDF military court Palestinian news agency Maan reports that Fadel Jaberi, the father of little Khaled Jaberi, was sentenced to three months in Israeli prison. The video of Fadel's arrest in front of the sobbing four year old Khaled received considerable media attention outside Israel in the past few weeks. Fadel and his brother Wadee were arrested during a military raid on the Jaberi farm, after the head of the family, Badran Jaberi, connected his water system to a pipe running through his fields to a nearby settlement.…

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  • The story behind the images of the crying boy

    Haaretz's Gidon Levy brings the Jaberi family's account of the events that led to the images showing Khaled Jabari, aged 4, trying to prevent his father from being taken away by the army. Israel accused the Palestinians of "staging" the scene Last week I posted here the now famous clip of Khaled Jabari, a Palestinian child, desperately trying to prevent Israeli border police soldiers from arresting his Father, Fadel Jabari, on charge of water theft. A few days later, Haaretz's Gidon Levy met with the Jabari family and heard their account of the arrest [Hebrew]. As it turned, the soldiers…

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