Israeli settlers use six times more water than Palestinians — new report

Dogma and Geopolitics

Submitted by Adri Nieuwhof on Mon, 04/08/2013 – 12:21

Israeli settlers in the West Bank consume six times as much water as Palestinians living nearby, the human rights organization Al Haq has found.

In a new report released today, the organization exposes how Israel operates a system of water apartheid. Palestinian communities are strangled by Israel’s water policies through unlawful exploitation and appropriation of water resources, confiscation and destruction of water infrastructure and restriction of water supply, it says.

Al Haq concludes that Israel’s water apartheid policies are based on three pillars. The first pillar concerns the distinction between two racial groups. The second pillar consists of the policies and practices that facilitate the segregation of the population into different geographical areas. The third pillar rests upon the use of “security” laws to “justify” inhuman acts against Palestinians.

It is important underscore that Israel’s water policies are part of an…

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