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Amnesty Int. - ISRAEL RATIONS PALESTINIANS TO TRICKLE OF WATER

Amnesty International has accused Israel of denying Palestinians the right to access adequate water by maintaining total control over the shared water resources and pursuing discriminatory policies.

These unreasonably restrict the availability of water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and prevent the Palestinians developing an effective water infrastructure there.

“Israel allows the Palestinians access to only a fraction of the shared water resources, 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 OPT.

In a new extensive report, Amnesty International revealed the extent to which Israel’s discriminatory water policies and practices are denying Palestinians their right to access to water.


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Comment by Rahul Dewanjee on March 30, 2010 at 6:26pm
Aaron: may I suggest that we do not build monsters out of Israel which may be very fashionable nowadays, more so it seems after the change of administration in the United States.

Israel is a sovereign state and it is vital that we see severe shortage of water within Israel as reasons which may have compelled itself to take drastic stepns to manage its water as strategic assets. The exemplary leadership that Israel has shown in managing water as a resource and for providing clarity and direction to the developing world especially India on how to create next generation agricultural practices, dry land farming practices and desert reforestation practices is ample proof of its generosity to help progressive nation states learn and appreciate water as a strategic resource as well.

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